Crawfish

Crawfish are relatives of lobsters and prawns.

They actually look like giant prawns and are easy to distinguish from common lobsters. Crawfish do not have large pincers, unlike lobsters which have formidable claws, and are a deep orange-brown in colour, not blue like common lobsters. The long ‘whip-like’ structures protruding from the head (antennules) are usually alternately banded with orange-brown and white stripes. These strange structures are used by the crawfish to ‘feel’ around its environment. Crawfish like a nice hole to hide in. Unfortunately they are very scarce around most of the British coast, even at Lundy, due to historic fishing activities.

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