It was a beautiful day for RGME’s annual crawfish and shrimp boil. Employees, along with their family, can enjoy a Friday afternoon outdoors and experience the true southern delicacy of “mudbugs.” This yearly event has become a company tradition for our organization, and we excitedly anticipate its return each year!
Here are a some “Fun Facts” about crawfish you might not know:
- Native Americans were the first to eat crawfish long before the Europeans arrived.
- There are more than 500 species of crawfish found throughout the world, and more than 350 of those live in the United States; however, of these only (2) species are actually harvested and eaten.
- Crawfish have eight pairs of legs, (4) are used for walking forward, and four are used for swimming backward
- Crawfish reach adult size in about 4 years but can actually live up to 30 years in the wild.
- Crawfish have been on Earth for a very long time. In fact, the earliest found crawfish fossil is 30 million years old, and they have found crawfish burrows dating back 100 million years in Australia.
- Speaking of Australia, while most crawfish in the U.S. grows to 3-4 inches, there are species Down Under that grow to 15.5 inches and weigh more than 8 pounds – and no, they are not lobsters!