Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A crustacean with many names

Yabbies. (apparently that's what they call them in Australia, so says the Wikepedia)
écrevisse. (in French)

What do you call them? We called them crawdads when I was little... but I think I lean toward the crawfish or crayfish camp these days.

Regardless of the name, I ran into quite a few of these crustaceans while on the lake in Michigan. The last time I recall seeing one was when I was quite young, after a heavy storm had blown through our urban neighborhood and flooded our street. There are no bodies of water near my childhood home, so I don't know if he floated in through the storm drains or what.

This guy, unfortunately, had very little life left in him, making for a good photo subject. I found one the next day that was a little more spirited, and he startled me by giving a good thrashing when I picked him up.


Nature As Is said...

Wow Heather I learned something new today. I didn't know that a crayfish had so many names. I remember as a child snorkeling and picking them off the lake floor to cook up and eat. They are rather tasty....especially with butter. Yummmy :)

Heather said...

Crista - Ah, it's good to hear from someone who has eaten them. I'm afraid I've never had an opportunity to try them.

Kelly said...

They are crawdads in my book. I think when we were little, we used to call them crawdaddies! I used to look for them all the time in the creek behind our house! Awesome photos!

Heather said...

Kelly - Thanks. "Crawdad" must be the slang term most generally used in Ohio.

NW Nature Nut said...

He kind of has a so-ugly-he-is-cute thing going on.

RuthieJ said...

Crawdads are what we called them here too when we were growing up. Although I definitely wouldn't want to eat one!