American lobster - Lobsters are usually cooked alive, which may be illegal in certain areas and which some people consider inhumane. Meat is generally contained in the larger claws and tails, and stays warm quite a while after being served. There is some meat in the legs and in the arms that connect the large claws to the body. There is also some small amount of meat just below the carapace around the thorax and in the smaller legs.
American lobster - Lobster traps on Long Island Sound near Guilford, Connecticut. Lobster traps are rectangular cages made of vinyl-coated galvanized steel mesh or wood, with woven mesh entrances. These are baited and lowered to the sea floor. They allow a lobster to enter, but make it difficult for the larger specimens to turn around and exit. This allows the creatures to be captured alive. The traps, sometimes referred to as "pots", have a buoy floating on the surface.
Invasion of the American lobsters: Sweden asks EU for help
Invasion of the American lobsters: Sweden asks EU for help (Associated Press in Stockholm, The Guardian, 18 March 2016) An American lobster Capton: Sweden’s environment ministry says more than 30 American lobsters have been found along its coast in recent years. Photograph: gmnicholas/Getty Images