Invasion

Thursday, February 11, 2010


On the heels of last yesterday's post I thought I should bring you all up to speed on what has happened to our beautiful Capitol Lake. It seems that the New Zealand Mud Snail has managed to not only set up home there, but multiply like you wouldn't believe. That has closed the lake for an indefinite period. For a more in-depth explanation click here to watch a short news clip.

13 comments

  1. Chuck Pefley Says:

    I've been hearing things in Olympia move at a snail's pace!

  2. Day4plus Says:

    So whose boat brought it in in the first place and where did they pick it us.
    Such a beautiful lake. MB

  3. Globalisation at its best. :-(
    We have an invasion of non native green seaweed on the Atlantic coast. Sometimes you can't see the sand there is so much green. Apparently they are toxic (several people have felt sick after spending time on those beaches and inhaling their vapours. A horse died, so did a man, the cause of his death might be linked to them) and scientists are arguing where they come from, whether or not they are dangerous. In the meantime, everyone is at their wits' end what to do about them.

  4. Rob Says:

    Is there no end to these invasive pests?

  5. Rob Says:

    I would have thought Hard Rock would be in Seattle years ago from all the music that were created there.

  6. Lois Says:

    What a shame! We have invasive species here in Florida too, but in the form of pythons and iguanas.

  7. Bull Rhino Says:

    A terrible thing to happen to such a beautiful lake. I hope they get it cleaned up. We never have snail problems in The Great Salt Lake.

    You got some GREAT photos of that lake on several posts.

    Scott at World’s Best Photography Blog ;^)

  8. Jacob Says:

    That's the trouble when people start messing with Mother Nature...as Lois points out, morons in Florida have been dumping iguanas and pythons and they also have been multiplying rapidly and making a mess of things...although I heard on the news it was so cold in the Everglades, hundreds of pythons (about 1/2 the population) were killed! One way to get rid of 'em!

  9. Birdman Says:

    Sad... around here the 'red tide' closes beaches and clam flats each summer now. Sad... too!

  10. Thanks everyone. This really is unfortunate. I may be mistaken but I don't think getting rid of them is going to be easy.

    Bull Rhino: Thank you. I do appreciate that.

    Birdman: Yes it is, and thank you too for stopping by.

  11. Hilda Says:

    Oh my, those little things sound pretty nasty. But where did they come from? I hope the state manages to get rid of them soon, before they completely take over the lake.

  12. Lynette Says:

    However will they be eradicated? I do hope they won't ruin it permanently. Your photos of the lake are always very lovely.

    About the public art in today's post at Portland Oregon Daily Photo, I don't always understand and/or like what is there myself. For me this one looks like a child's block left out in the rain to rust and ruin.

  13. Abe Lincoln Says:

    I must be missing a lot here. I don't know what the New Zealand Mud Snail does to ruin the lake or the lake environment. It surely must do something to ruin the environment in and around the water.

    Just to look at the lake in your picture it looks picture perfect.

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