The meaty Galapagos Lobster is one of the true delicacies of an archipelago that for centuries was deemed the most inhospitable corner of our planet… That such a succulent treasure of the sea can be found only here, and that we have only really discovered it in recent years, is testament to what we’ve been missing out on!
Different from regular lobsters in their general appearance, Galapagos ‘slipper’ lobsters are all about their tail. They offer much more meat and cooked on the grill over burning guava wood as is served throughout the islands, makes it a foodie must.
The species is relatively common, you may actually see it during snorkeling outings, hidden in crevices along rocky shores (check for dangling antennae sticking out from the rocks). Fishing lobster is highly regimented, with specific seasons and size regulations met by the local fishermen. As we all know, all native species in Galápagos are in peril, their ecosystems supremely fragile, amongst the most fragile in the world. Protecting the Galapagos lobster is thus difficult, and crucial. Fortunately, Galapagos residents are well aware of this fact and abide by conservation regulations. Lobster season is prominent. If you ever see lobster being served at other times, let the authorities know.
That said, it is a true delicacy… to be savored when in the islands that inspired Darwin.