What’s with the odd reluctance on the part of most of those interviewed by Mario Moretto to just state out loud the almost certain cause of the early appearance of soft-shell lobsters?

As mentioned in the piece, one of the primary reasons for early appearance of soft-shell lobster is warmer-than-normal ocean water temperatures. The water temperatures in Casco Bay have been running a very dramatic four to seven degrees above normal for months, the second-warmest meteorological winter for Portland in recorded history. The warmest March. Second-warmest April.

The explanation is right in front of our very eyes. We all know what it is, because we’re all living through it. So why are most of the lobster experts so reluctant to just say it?

Steve McKelvey