Because i eat so fast, i was done with my lunch in about two minutes, while most people were still unfolding their napkins. I started to poke around in the water, because i am a curious soul. I saw ANOTHER toy lobster thing, only this gray, in the water, and missing the front half. One of my associates pointed out that it was a crawfish (crayfish?) and also that i am an idiot. And that it was dead. What a sad turn to a picnic in the park. I poked at it for a while with a stick, but it seemed so much more macabre knowing that it was half of a dead crawfish.
But more importantly - What the hell is a crawfish doing in Chicago?? Here is exhibit A: (my friend Jenny went back and snapped a picture of the first crawfish for evidence.
Fast forward to last night. I went to run on the north branch trail, in a part that was probably 4 miles from crawfish specimen A. I was also on a bike path. I was also not near a body of water. What do i see on the path in front of me? A gray crawfish, walking across the path as if he owned it. In my book, the case is closed. Apparently, there are crawfish in Chicago. (That, and i googled it, and apparently they are an invasive species introduced about 50 years ago as fishing bait. so yeah, my theory holds.) If you're curious, you can read about it here.
But seriously, i have lived in Illinois my entire life, and Chicago a good portion of that life and NEVER seen one of these babies. This week i have seen THREE! (two and a half if you want to be precise) Obviously, because of the freak March heatwave, the crawfish population has soared to epic proportions, and we have an epidemic (or maybe plague?) on our hands.
You heard it here first. You've been warned!