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California Spiny Lobster are harvested off the coast of Southern California from October until the season closes in March.
They’re nocturnal scavengers, coming out of the rocky dens where they reside to forage and feed on mussels, sea urchin, small fish, and sometimes other lobsters.
Spiny Lobsters differ from their counterparts in the Northeast in a couple ways. They have no claws, so they use their powerful tail and sharp spines as methods of defense. As a result, they generally yield about 25% more meat per pound!
These lobsters move to deeper waters in the winter to mate, and then move to shallower waters in the late Spring and Summer to lay their eggs. They’re preyed upon by a variety of local fish such as Sheepshead and Black Sea Bass, as well as Octopus and Sea Otters.