Crawdads in Idaho and Mr Jay Didn’t Know!

Crawdads in Idaho and Mr Jay Didn’t Know!

Did you know that Crawdeds live in Idaho? Well, they do, being abundant, with all the rainy weather on the 24th and 25th of October in 2021. Crawdads are also known as Crayfish and they usually come out during rainy or wet weather as they are creatures that love water and usually live in it. They can be found in a ditch or even found on the ground in puddles after or during rain. Other places they can be found in are streams and rivers. But today, October 25th, we found Crawdad in the puddles on Jerome High School property and multiple students have seen and taken pictures of seeing the crawdads being on their school grounds.

With our very own eyes we saw the creature. We expected the creature to be small but look a lot more like a lobster or a crab, it ended up looking like a shrimp!

With the appearance of Crawdads in the morning on the 25th, multiple Crawdads can be found in huddles of groups on the ground in the puddles from the rain and english and journalism teacher, Mr. Jay, found out from the news about crawdad’s living and existing in Jerome, Idaho. 

 We asked, “Have you ever seen Crawdads before?” and his answer was that it wasn’t in Idaho, then proceeding to explain, “I’ve been to the south where they have crawdads, but had no idea they were here.” A follow up question was where he saw them in the south and it was in Louisiana in the Mississippi.

We asked if before yesterday, October 25th, if he knew that Crawdads were in Idaho, “I didn’t know that they were in Idaho.”

“Did you find it interesting to know that Crawdads are in Jerome or Idaho in general?” He said, “It blew my mind! I had no idea about that. Crawdads are usually something used with southern cooking. You don’t usually find something like that in Idaho.”

“Have you ever eaten Crawdads?” He stated that he had and we asked if they were good, “They are good. They’re a little crunchy.” We were curious, so we asked how they tasted, “It’s like a seafood, it’s kinda like crab, but there’s not as much meat as in crab legs.”

We asked if he was shocked that they were on school grounds and that kids were bringing them into the school, “Yeah I was. It’s the last thing I would’ve imagined to happen.”

Since he arrives earlier than most students, we asked if he saw any this morning, October 26th, “No, not this morning. It stopped raining.”

“Do you think they’re annoying creatures?” He shook his head and replied with a no, and how he heard that they were invasive and that everything seemed to be going okay.

Then we interviewed Mr Knight, who’s a biology and science teacher, to get his opinion on it and the first thing we asked was if it was interesting to see them around the highschool and he said that he personally hasn’t seen any, in the halls or outside, but he has heard people mentioning them and he saw a fellow teacher’s post about how there was one in her classroom.

“Is there anything interesting that you thought about them and how they’re on school grounds?” Mr Knight told us that he thought it was interesting that they made it this far, to our school, when their closest and probably biggest water source is past Tiger Drive and that it’s a pretty far journey for them to travel, there was also something that pushed them out of the ditches.

We asked if he knew anything interesting about Crawdads and he said he did, that his “Zoology class right now was learning and dissecting them as a part of the class. “They just dissected some today, but not the ones on school grounds.”

“What do you think the science behind them being here is?” He explained that “they are a introduce species to Idaho and that have largely started to thrive in areas like irrigation ditches, even local lakes and ponds around here as well.” They’re also cajan starting to blow up irrigation ditches, moving stuff downwards.

“Have you ever eated or cooked them?” and he explained how he does it and he gets most of the Crawdad’s from Louisiana. He and his wife eat a lot of dishes, Kasian foods, which is what it’s natively called. He said that he eats that kind of stuff commonly from around his household.

“Is there anything interesting about dissecting them?” He says that from his class that “it’s the most important one from date but for this year because it’s their first dissection.” He explains more that instead of them dealing with a clam, they’re actually dissecting something with a heart, eyes, legs, antennas, and a brain and they can actually see that when they start dissecting them.

“Are they descendants from shrimps?” He gave us examples and used the domain, kingdom, phylum, and class. “They’re in the same domain as us, which is eukarya. The Kingdom that they’re in is animalia, which is the same as humans because we are animals.” The phylum they’re in arthropoda and the alass they’re in is christashia.