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.
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
American lobster - A female lobster carrying eggs on her pleopods. To protect breeding females caught carrying eggs are to be notched on a tail flipper (second from the right, if the lobster is right-side up and the tail is fully extended). The female cannot be kept or sold, and is commonly referred to as a "punch-tail" or as "v-notched". This notch remains for two molts of the lobster exoskeleton, providing harvest protection and continued breeding availability for up to five years.