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Little Monsters in The Hague

Amerikaanse kreeft

American river lobster

You do not have to diving to see something under water. There is a city pond, that I visit in every season – because of the water lilies and pikes, and the overall atmosphere. There can be a natural wonder within the city limits of The Hague!

On one beautiful summer day, there were two young boys playing soccer near the pond and they told me, that there were ‘little lobsters’ in there. These creatures were of the species Procambarus clarkii, freshwater crayfish, native to northern Mexico, and southern and southeastern United States, but also introduced in Europe. They can sometimes even be seen crossing the street from one pond to another. These small red lobsters are also called red swamp crawfish, red swamp crayfish, Louisiana crawfish, Louisiana crayfish or mudbug.

The next day, I returned with  my camera and housing and held it half under water. After a while, I had some fun pictures without even getting wet. You can just do this in any pond and see what’s there!

The little lobster itself is not a ‘fun species’, but an invasive one, that was first observed in the Netherlands in 1984. Unfortunately, it carries Aphanomyces astaci, ‘lobster pest’, to which it is resistent – but our endemic river lobsters are not, and most endemic sweet water lobsters have disappeared…

Photo data:

  • 1/60 sec
  • F/14
  • ISO 200
  • Camera: Nikon D700
  • Lens: Nikon 16mm fisheye
  • Sealux underwaterhousing

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