A trip to Cervantes deserves at the very least a stop at our famous Lobster Shack restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but why not make the most of your trip and visit our production facility? Learn all there is to know about the Western Rock Lobster and our processing plant with a live guided tour.
Indian Ocean Rock Lobster
There’s plenty of motion in the ocean and rock lobsters abound deep in the fathoms below, but you don’t need to dive deep under the sea to learn about these magnificent crustaceans.
The Indian Ocean Rock Lobster is home to our lobster processing plant, which is at the centre of the region’s multi-million dollar lobster industry. Come with friends and loved ones to see the entire process for yourselves and connect more with where your food is coming from. Our live tours will help you understand each step, from when the lobsters are deep in the sea to then sitting on a plate before your eyes at the dinner table.
Our processing plant has been newly refurbished and is safe for families and children; it’s especially educational to the younger ones in terms of aquatic sustainability, biodiversity, and more. The Western Rock Lobster is a mighty specimen, and should you have any questions regarding this crustacean or our production processes, our tour guides will be more than happy to answer questions from you or the kids.
Make Your Way to Cervantes and Stay for Fresh Lobster
While spending time inside a lobster production facility is extremely educational, there’s still so much more to do whilst here in Cervantes. Lobster Shack has a beautiful view overlooking the Indian Ocean, so be sure to snap some scenic family photos and follow up with a tasty lunch at our award-winning restaurant.
After all, looking at lobsters all day can work up an appetite. We know how to fish ‘em, we know how to process ‘em, too. And our chefs at Lobster Shack certainly know how to cook ‘em just right.
Fun Facts About Lobsters
If you’re taking the young ones along for the trip to Cervantes, here are a few facts they may find interesting and fun about lobsters.
- There are many colours of lobster that can be found deep in the water. Albino, cotton candy, calico, “Halloween” black and orange lobsters, and of course, the common red lobster are all examples of the colours of lobster that live in the deep blue sea.
- Lobsters can live up to around 45-50 years, and rather than slowing down as they age, they may actually be more fertile and active the more they age!
- The largest lobster ever caught on record was found in Nova Scotia, Canada. The behemoth crustacean weighed 20.15 kilograms.
- Lobsters periodically moult, which means they shed their skin, their exoskeleton, to create a newer, tougher exoskeleton. Lobsters will sometimes eat their own moulted skin.
- One of the tastiest ways to eat cooked lobster is with melted butter and lemon juice.
- The first cookbook to mention lobster recipes, Le Viandier de Taillevent, dates back to 1300 in mediaeval France.
- For most of human history, lobsters have been a delicacy that only the nobles or upper-class members of society could afford.
- One notable exception to the previous point was during colonial times in North America. The early settlers did not consider lobster to be nutritionally beneficial when compared to meat, and thus it garnered a reputation as poverty food for indentured servants. This perception began to fade in the middle of the 1800s.
Come visit us Cervantes for a Factory Tour and enjoy a tasty seafood meal at Lobster Shack – we know you’ll love the view and savour every tasty bite.