Heading for Sister’s Beach, Tasmania, I saw a glimpse of water through the bush and turned up the next dirt road to investigate………………I found Lake Llewellyn, which appeared to be formed by the damming of Sister’s Creek and which I managed to identify from the sign at the edge of a small boat ramp. A couple of small cottages were located along it’s bank and the opposite bank appeared totally inaccessible.
It was a beautiful location but wasn’t marked on the map so on my return to mainland Oz I decided to research it via google. I am nevertheless, none the wiser as info is scant. What I did learn though is that it is home to the Giant Freshwater Lobster, the biggest freshwater invertebrate in the world growing to a metre in length and up to 4kg in weight. An endangered and now totally protected species, it is the research as to it’s endangerment that discovered it in several locations in the SW when it was originally believed to only inhabit Northern rivers emptying into the Bass Strait. Females do not mature until approx 14 yrs of age and males around 9yrs and they spawn only once every two years, this, and the fact that they were once hunted, has led to their decline.
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