Co-Founder, LOBS Harvest
*This blog post will be photojournalism-style since I took close to 200 pictures, some of which I’ve selected to be published here! 🙂
The meeting point was near Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Look, can you believe this IS in Singapore?
Yup, Changi Point it is:
I thought we were gonna get a ride on one of these:
Some random pictures taken while waiting for Seah (yes, he prefers to be called Seah) …
A heart-shaped leaf…. & my Mickey Mouse shoes:
Blissfully unaware of the danger that lay ahead
Then I found, to my horror(!), that we had to climb down a ladder AND cross some other boats before reaching the one that’d take us to the lobster farm! Here’s a woman heading down the ladder first…
I have a fear of heights and I really can’t swim very well so yes, scary moment there. But safely on the boat in a while:
Along the way, we pass a boat from the ECG (real estate group’s) farm, and Seah also pointed out a farm which belongs to Meidi-ya (the supermarket at Liang Court).
About 1o minutes of enjoying the sea breeze, we reach the blue farm, where the lobsters are!
It’s made up of these floating cubes, which you can join together like LEGO bricks and customize the layout of your farm. More eco-friendly than the usual chemical barrel kinda floats!
Then, suddenly, out of nowhere, we get TWO overenthusiastic dogs come check out the boat before we could even get out:
The black one’s Onyx, and the white one is Oyster (how apt!) Seah later tells me that Oyster was actually adopted from SPCA while Onyx was a gift from a neighbour! 🙂
Lobsters moult to grow. And here’s the outer covering one left behind:
The colors actually remind me of spiders. Look at its legs:
Bet you’ve never seen a baby lobster before:
Here we see a male lobster:
The parts I’ve circled in pink show you that it’s male. It uses these parts to latch onto the females to impregnate them! And here’s a heavily pregnant one:
Bet you didn’t know lobsters look so colorful! 😀
And if you’re lucky, you may find a crab:
I’ve done prawning and fishing before. This is new to me – lobster fishing: *See the lobster trying to get at the fish?*
Because I didn’t catch a lobster, here’s Oyster sticking its tongue out at me! 😀
And then Oyster gets fascinated by the crab on my palm. Onyx later chases the crab till it hides in a lil corner somewhere:
Group Picture! The farm manager from Burma, Seah, Me (pardon the messy hair) and two very distracted dogs:
Then Seah takes us to a seabass farm still under construction, and run by his friend Raymond. Raymond actually started the farm because his wife was concerned about the problem of over-fishing and they want to play a part in giving us a sustainable source of food.
Seah throws some floating pellet feed to the seabass and the feeding frenzy starts:
It was quite crazy. The fish were splashing the water everywhere! And Seah tells me “Grace, write on your blog – He (Raymond) is farming piranha!” 😀
And we’re going off now:
A view of the setting sun:
And here Seah’s going “Eh Grace! We have to climb the tyres to get back onto land. Ok for you hor?”
Did You Know?
1) Lobsters grow less quickly when the weather is cold, like during this rainy season!
2) Lobster farming has its risks: Seah’s first batch of 1500 lobsters was almost totally wiped out – 95% died! It’s not easy to farm lobsters as not many papers are written about lobsters, unlike seabass which is more of a staple food.
3) Sushi Tei is LOBS Harvest’s biggest customer!
4) While seabass takes 6 months to grow big enough for the market, lobsters take 1 year!
5) The best way to savor lobster is to eat it sashimi-style!
The lobsters cost only S$60/kg (which will have 2 to 3 lobsters). So what are you waiting for? Head over to http://www.lobstergot.com/ and place your order now! 🙂