Finbar has found several of these brightly coloured critters since the (too brief) storm on Friday. I was thrilled because crayfish are en endangered species in most of Europe because of competition from imported Louisiana crayfish. Identifying the introduced species is easy. The giveaway is their colourโ€”bright red.


Crayfish in the ditch

I thought you were a happy find

turns out you are an intruder

an introduced invader

with a price on your head.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

44 thoughts on “Crayfish”

    1. On the nature site I found out about them it says you have to kill them and gives a demonstration. It’s not nice, twisting their tails and pulling so all their digestive system is pulled out. It’s called castration in French.

    1. Thank you, Linda! You might find more information about the gogyohka, but as far as I can see, it’s just a five line, five (short) phrases poem. No other rules. Suits me ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. What a strange location for a crayfish! Introduced species are indeed a huge problem all over the world. The lakes and rivers here are full of them too. (K)

    1. There are so many of them in these parts apparently they are impossible to over-fish. I assumed the first ones Finbar found had been taken out of the pond or the stream by an animal that didn’t much like the taste as they were only half eaten. This last one was in a ditch that’s damp but at the moment has no water in it, and it was just dead. Suicide?

  2. Just checked. We don’t have indigenous freshwater crayfish in South Africa. There are an invader species like yours fairly newly introduced. Our lobsters/crayfish are deemed a gourmet dish.

    1. There are three indigenous species here and all highly endangered and one is almost extinct. The invaders have taken over. Yes, it’s food for the rich.
      You’ll probably find that if they haven’t ousted local crayfish, they’ll be destroying another indigenous species. Introducing non-native species is always a stupid thing to do.

    1. I don’t know what it was doing out of the water and in the ditch, but that’s several we’ve seen these last few days. I’d never eat them boiled either, it’s cruel. It will probably make a snack for a fox ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. That’s the problem, many of us address this issue of climate change and pollution of our planet while others are too greedy to do so. Governor Scott of Florida forbade the use of the term climate change during his tenure. Sickening.

      2. Politicians want to stay in power. For that, they need to win votes. To win votes they promise what people want to hear. None of them have the guts to promise measures that the voters aren’t going to like. Here, if you just mention raising the tax on petrol or lowering the speed limit and you have the motorways, ports, city access routes blocked by transport companies and individuals who don’t want anyone to touch their motor car. The politicians, weak, corrupt, self-serving as they are, only reflect public opinion. We’re all to blame.

      3. We have to be truthful and honest, refusing to allow anyone in their administration to admit to climate change is abhorrent. We all want the good stuff, we want convenience, but we are digging our own grave.

      4. He would probably say he is only protecting his job ie making sure he gets reelected by all the cretins who pretend there’s nothing wrong with waste and excess and exploitation of people they’ll never meet etc etc. He also proably thinks he’ll be dead before anything really awful happens in Florida. But you’re right, by grabbing all the good stuff for ourselves and refusing to cut down on our right to over-indulge, we’re dooming the planet.

      5. I’ve seen Florida mentioned often when it comes to citing examples of idiotic behaviour. Where I live has a reputation for rural idiocy, so I know that stereotypes aren’t accurate ever, but is there a particular problem with Florida?

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