Scientists get crawfish drunk? Call PETA

Drunk crawfish alert!

Scientists for years have used animals to better understand whether friendliness, or at least a sociable environment, affects susceptibility to alcohol in humans. Now researchers claim the crawfish’s sociable upbringing do in fact increase sensitivity to alcohol. Amazing!

The Economist reports researchers at the University of Maryland placed 165 crawfish individually in tanks filled with ethanol in water. Before they were submerged, the magazine said 102 of the crustaceans spent seven and 10 days in groups, and the remaining 63 were raised in isolation for a similar amount of time.

Researchers said crawfish in groups get drunk 25 percent faster than those in solitary confinement. Crawfish were selected for the study because they get affected by the same concentrations of ethanol as humans, the magazine reported. Crawfish also have “large, easy-to-study nerve cells” for scientists to examine for clues about ethanol’s molecular mechanisms.

All I know is if you drink a lot, you too will develop large, easy-to-study nerve cells! READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Sam Irwin, author of Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, judges the crawfish boiling contest at the April 2015 Dreams Come True Foundation fundraiser in Gonzales, La. “It’s a very tough job but somebody has to do it. I’m glad it was me,” Irwin said.

Louisiana crawfish historian Sam Irwin will be presenting a slide show on the history of the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival at the Teche Center for the Arts in Breaux Bridge May 3 at 6:30 p.m. Irwin’s talk will be paired with Conni Castille’s documentary King Crawfish. The event is in conjunction with the Breaux Crawfish Festival. next week. Irwin will have copies of his book, Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean on hand.

Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean by Sam Irwin