For months -- late winter and most of spring -- any lobster claw bands that trickled in looked like this:
|From March 31. Blech.|
|Fresh & springy|
|Another Canadian band|
|Sensing a pattern...|
June 23: 3 more, 2 Canadian/probably Canadian.
July 1: 4 more, 3 Canadian/probably.
July 7-9: 7 more, 6 Canadian/probably.
July 15, 5 more, all Canadian/probably:
|July 15: Hello, my pretties|
Last year, from the first day of summer to the 1st week in September I found 17 claw bands. Maybe three were Canadian. This year during the same time I found 49. 42 to 44 of them are new, fresh, pristine, beige/green, and Canadian!
Some time in May, in the northern Gulf of Maine / Bay of Fundy, as lobstering in Canadian Zones 33-38 was winding down, an accident happened on a Canadian lobster boat. I don't know if it was a catastrophic accident, or just a box of claw bands getting knocked overboard. But what I'm finding here in Saco Bay is directly related to an event that happened 150-200 miles away. Its effects have rippled down the coast of Maine (and no doubt further south) ever since. Curious how much longer I'll be finding these.
We're all connected. For proof, just stroll the beach.