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Lutaralipina

Terrence Mulhern

Forty South Publishing | Published : 2018

Abstract

I'm panting as I struggle over fallen logs and push through prickly scrub. I can just hear the kids' voices, far ahead. I try to hurry up. I don't want to lose them. I'm not worried about them getting lost, I'm worried about me. I know the kids will be fine because they are with ecologist Todd Walsh, the "lobster man" of northern Tasmania. He knows this forest like the back of his hand. He's been coming to this bend of the river for years, trapping, measuring and tagging the world's largest animal of its type. Tasmanian Aborigines call it lutaralipina - though it is better known as the lobster or the giant freshwater crayfish, or by its scientific name, 'Astacopsis gouldi'.