NEW SPECIES FOUND?! Rare Blue Crayfish!

– One, two, (grunts). – [Mark] Oh man, the
water’s seepin’ in. – Oh, I got one, I got one! Holy mackerel! There it is! (adventure music) There’s a famous song that goes “Country roads take me
home, to the place I belong, “West Virginia.” and on this adventure
we will be following an old gravel country road that will hopefully
take us to the place that one very rare
creature calls home. This is West Virginia. First time I have ever
filmed in this state. Many creatures we
can come across. Now it’s just a matter of
taking this gravel path further into the
wilderness and then we’ll break trail
into the underbrush and see what we can find. Are you guys ready? – [Mark] Let’s do it! – All right, let’s go! Today we are working alongside Field Herpetologist Tim Brust, who has spent many
summers researching the various creatures
that call this wild and wonderful state home. And while he specializes
in reptiles and amphibians, today we are after one
incredibly elusive crustacean, that for now we will simply
call the blue crayfish. This is cool. We have a little
stream system that is moving right through the
middle of the forest. It’s actually a
great place to look for small woodland
frogs and salamanders. Look at this. Most of the time
you imagine crayfish living in streams and rivers. However, the species we
are searching for today, is a variety of burrowing
crayfish that lives underground. They can be found in
areas known as seeps, which are defined as a wet place where ground water reaches
the earth’s surface from an underground aquifer. Similar to the fully
aquatic crayfish species, the burrowing crayfish
also hides under rocks, so it was just a matter
of flipping the right one. So, Tim, this is what’s
considered seepage. Here, Mark, take a look at this. See all this water? Here just in this low spot? – [Mark] Yeah. – This is actually seeping
out from the hillsides, right? – [Tim] Yep. – So, Tim tells me that
this rock right here is a great example of
something we should flip that may have a
crayfish underneath, and I can see this is all
real moist right here. You see all this water? It looks like we’re
just on leaves, but you peel the leaves
back, and you’ve got water. So, there could actually be
a crayfish under this rock. Oh, there’s a lot
of water there. I guess I just put
my hand in there and see if there’s
anything in it. Oh, there’s definitely
a burrow right there. Oh, but no crayfish. All right, let’s keep going. From rock to rock we searched, gently flipping each one, and placing it right back
in the exact same spot, so that we did not alter the
design of the environment. Oh, jeez! – [Mark] Woah what is that? – [Coyote] That’s a
huge, slimy salamander! Oh, and it is slippery. Ooh, c’mere! – [Mark] Got it, got it? – I got it! Yes! Wow, that is an enormous
slimy salamander! That’s probably the biggest
one I have ever seen. Now, they’re called
slimy salamanders because they excrete a slime
from their skin that’s almost like a a slug,
it is very, very sticky. Let me turn you like this. Are you gonna stay up
on my fingers there? Wow! That is a giant salamander! Much bigger than the salamanders
that we catch in Ohio. Look at that cool patterning. Almost looks like the spots
of a spotted salamander. Now this is a lungless
salamander species, they actually breathe
through their skin. So, I don’t wanna
handle it for too long, you can see I’m trying
not to actually handle it like grasp onto it, because I don’t want to
take moisture from its skin. But, just handling it a tiny bit and my fingers are
extremely sticky. Now, one cool thing
about salamanders is that they can actually,
well, most varieties, can detach their tails. It’s called caudal autonomy, the same thing that lizards
are capable of doing and that helps them
escape from predators, and then that tail
will rejuvenate itself. What a great find! It’s not a blue crayfish but, still pretty cool to
get this salamander up close for the cameras. I’m gonna dip it in water,
place it back under the rock, and we’ll keep
searchin’, sound good? – [Mark] Great start! – All right, here we go! (lighthearted music) Here, come here
and check this out. Oh, come on! Oh, I got one! – [Mark] Do you? – I got one. Yes! But it’s not blue. It’s a crayfish
but its not blue. – [Mark] Okay let’s squat
down and take a look. – Oh, he’s rearin’
up with those claws! Look at that. Ah! Oh, man, every time! Yep, he’s just holdin’
on with those pinchers, ooh, the next pincher’s
about to pinch me too. All right, little buddy. I appreciate that. Can you uh, call ahead to some
of your cousins who are blue? That’s what we’re
really lookin’ for. I knew I was gonna get pinched. Man, that is one cool
little crustacean though. A little fossorial crayfish. All right, back under the
rock with this crayfish. We’re gonna continue searching. You can flip rocks for hours
and come across nothing. But that’s what makes it fun, because there’s always
going to be another rock, and all it takes is
flipping the right rock to uncover a jewel
of the wilderness. I’m telling you guys,
you are not gonna believe how blue this little animal
is until you actually see it. Actually this rock right here, before we walk past
it, looks perfect. – [Tim] That’s a huge rock. – [Mark] I think you can
do it, Muscles, come on! – Oh, man. I don’t think can do this. – [Mark] You’ve been
hittin’ the gym. – I don’t think I
can lift that one. – [Mark] That’s a two-hander. – That’s a weird beetle. Let me just see it and
see if its possible. – [Mark] Oh yeah. – Yeah, that’s
gonna be a whopper. – [Mark] Do it! – That’s a big rock right there! All right here we go, I’m
gonna lift it, you ready? One, two, three. (grunts) Oh, I got one, I got one! Holy mackerel! There it is! – [Mark] Woah! – That is a blue crayfish! – [Mark] I told you it would
it would get better rock. – Heavy rock, and it paid
off with a blue crayfish. Look at that thing! Okay, I’m gonna leave this
rock positioned just like this. – [Mark] Okay let’s
come over here. – Let’s back up to the trail. Wow! – [Mark] Yeah, this
is good, this is good. – Look at that! Can you believe how
blue that crayfish is? Hold on. I’m gonna
turn it like this and kinda hold it by its tail. There it is, the sapphire of
the West Virginia hillsides. It is so blue, I
can’t believe it. It is as blue as the sky is. Look at that crustacean. That must be the coolest looking
crayfish I have ever seen. Now, this is a species
that is subterranean. Which means that they have
burrows that can go down as deep as eight feet
under the ground, and they will come up into
those little pools of water underneath the rocks
to search for food. These crayfish do not
grow to be very large. This is about average
size and it is a female, and the way that I can tell that is by looking at its underside. It does not have these
little kind of grappling legs underneath there where,
if it was a male, would be used to
grasp on to a female, and I can also tell that this
one has a regenerated claw. If you didn’t know
this, most crustaceans, especially crayfish are
capable of losing claws and then they regenerate them. So, this claw right here
is a little bit smaller than that claw,
so at some point, a predator likely
tried to eat it, it dropped its claw and
then it managed to escape, and now that claw
is growing back. – [Mark] So I heard
that these crayfish, they can actually
drown in water. So if you found one of these, you wouldn’t wanna
release it in the stream. – No, they go in water,
their burrows oftentimes are filled with water,
but they have to keep coming to the
surface to breathe. Now, they do have gills,
just like aquatic crayfish but those gills allow
them to breathe air, so you may be
wondering to yourself, “Coyote, don’t you
need to put this thing “back into the water? “Is it gonna suffocate by
being out in the open air?” No, not at all. This crayfish is
breathing right now. – [Mark] So, Coyote, we
actually need to get some data while we’re out here, correct? – That’s right. It is possible that this
is a new sub-species of this crayfish. There are two recognized
species and it is possible that this one could be a third. So what we’re gonna do is take some really detailed
photographs, and mark the GPS coordinates,
and you never know, this may be a completely
newly discovered crayfish. How cool would that be? – That would be awesome. Do you think they’ll
let us name it? – Ooh, maybe, and if
we were able to name it I would call it the
sapphire crayfish because in my opinion,
this is a lost jewel here in the hillsides
of West Virginia. Coyote Pack, what
do you guys think? The sapphire crayfish? I like it. Well I would say it was a
pretty epic adventure today. We flipped over many rocks. We found salamanders. We found a brown crayfish, and then of course the
last, largest rock, revealed to us this
little blue beauty. I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you on
the next adventure. The blue crayfish is one of
the most uniquely colored animals we have
ever come across. Its elusive nature and
subterranean dwelling made it difficult to find. But in the end, the long
search was completely worth it. As of the release
of this episode, this sub-species of
crayfish has officially been classified as
a new discovery, and is in the process of
being described by scientists. And, when it comes
to the common name officially becoming
the sapphire crayfish, well, that’s still
up for debate, and we are told there’s a
chance it may actually happen. So, I’ll continue to
keep my fingers crossed. If you thought a brilliant
blue crayfish was incredible, make sure to go back
and check out another brightly colored creature of the West Virginia
mountainsides, the cave salamander. And don’t forget, subscribe, so you can join me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail. Woo!

100 comments on “NEW SPECIES FOUND?! Rare Blue Crayfish!”

  1. Andrew Lakatos says:

    I live in Morgantown wv

  2. NO TABOOS says:

    This is not a new species. Nothing on YouTube is rare.

  3. Bryce Hay says:

    Maaan.. I’m drunk asf, everyone have a good night lol

  4. pEpPa pIg says:

    My luckiest find is a 

    paper slicing through my skin

  5. Smiley Face says:

    Coyote: Lets safely secure these animals we find under these rocks
    Coyote Again: * Wrestles the animals until they are tired then picks them up *

  6. Hebrews4:15 says:

    My 9 year old son found that same species of blue crayfish.

  7. therealDale says:


  8. Trollslayer says:

    I used to breed crayfish (procambarus clarkii) and every so often a blue one would pop out of a clutch of eggs.

  9. Fun Power Marketing says:

    I have one at home

  10. Fun Power Marketing says:

    Name blueberry

  11. Samantha Alleje says:

    People: give Gordon Ramsey super rare crayfish to you eat.

    Gordon Ramsey:WHERES THE LAMB SAUCE!!!!

  12. Vince Vito says:

    I May Be Late,But He Actually Looks Like Merlin

    The Kingsman😅

  13. Frost Luck says:

    The Diamond Crayfish

  14. ImTooLazy11 says:

    Mountain mamaaaaa

  15. Dr. Icelørd  says:

    Crayfish Pinches Coyote

    Coyote: ”I appreciate that”

  16. Arturo Aramburo says:

    Call it the crip crayfish

  17. Arturo Aramburo says:

    Call it the crip crayfish

  18. mrspianoplayer87 says:

    i no that song

  19. landon juarez says:

    when he finds the crayfish and says wow look at this grammaly ad shows up ok I already saw

  20. Shadow wolf says:

    i learn to you coyote maybe hafl of the world animal i learn thx for all

  21. WhatEz says:

    Country Roads: RT Intensifies

  22. RetroTruth says:

    Not that rare…seneca lake in Ny is full of them.

  23. Caleb Nader says:


  24. Caleb Nader says:

    And in West Virginia, we call them “Crawfish”

  25. a pzn says:

    I have a crayfish l am leaning in school

  26. unisonsports3 says:

    I seen those as a kid

  27. Boy Man says:


  28. Ansh Dasari says:

    In Australia that’s called a yabby

  29. XD AMRJR says:

    Name it bluecray

  30. Maria Enriquez says:

    It. Is. Cool.🐋🐬🐟🐊🐢🦈🐡🐠🦀🐚🐙🦐🐳🦑

  31. Karen Bogdan says:

    Yes sapphire crayfish because first, it’s blue, second, it’s my birthstone so of course I would agree with that name lol

  32. Karen Bogdan says:

    Also, you should visit allegany state park in NY it has crayfish, trout and salamanders and it’s fun looking for animals like huge frogs and stuff too I recommend going on red house side if you go there 🙂

  33. Karla K says:

    Blue is sooooooooooooooooo important

  34. Ayaan Ahsan says:

    I like how he says, “WOAH THATS A NEW SPECIES” when I have 7 of those

  35. kalvin john says:

    Coyote: Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong, WEST VIRGINIA

    RT games intensifies

  36. Abdur I says:

    :coyote we found blue crawfish

    :mark You OKya cYteo

  37. Jasmin Mendoza says:

    Looks like garados

  38. Gaming Artist Of Memes says:

    Isn’t it really a crawdad?

  39. Wolfie The Great says:

    Man why can’t I be coyote (realizes how many times he has hurt Himself self)oh never mind

  40. ωιмρlυχ says:

    So crayfish are like lobsters but smaller?

  41. Thomas Anholm says:

    They sell those for £4.99 at our local fish store

  42. mr blue says:

    Yer that a cool crayfish 😎👏

  43. Bob McHugh says:

    So….it's a blue crawfish. We have been catching them for many years in Louisiana

  44. Max Media Studios says:

    I like the blue crayfish

  45. John Moreno says:

    That crayfish is cool and blue

  46. Curran Theriot says:

    He found a shiny

  47. Aaron Baughn says:

    next video find a rare blue crayfish a big one and get pinched by it

  48. Nathaniel Genthner says:

    This isn't a new species, I have one of these in my fish tank.

  49. Michael Cao says:

    One of these days coyote is gonna be WOAH look at that drops it steps on it CRUNCH Mark: is it ok? Coyote: 😑it's dead

  50. MARIA LEYVA says:


  51. Sutinah Sari says:

    Oof is every animal hurting u?

  52. Tails -w- says:

    it funny because i have a blue crayfish as a pet for my fishs :>

  53. Veronica Rivas says:

    a shiny crayfish had apperead

  54. Gamer Emad says:

    I hold a lot of big strong crayfish in school and I’m 9 years old

  55. Kristin Copeland says:

    Ooooooo it’s a crayfish I thought it was crawfish the food

  56. Ryan Lamprey says:

    I used to have a pet blue crayfish in high school. We thought it was a boy until she laid a bunch of unfertilized eggs.

  57. Ghoulingo Ghoul & Flamingo says:

    Sapphire crayfish sounds really cool! And it makes sense because of your joke. XD Also you won't believe it, but I was born in West Virginia, and now moved to Ohio.

  58. Kit Cat Yt says:

    What about blue crab

  59. Sesame Street Crip says:

    I have to do it


  60. We Are Venom says:

    A shiny Corphish!!! Haha

  61. niggrtron says:

    Next episode me catching an alien

  62. dmoskia1 says:

    I know the song country road

  63. Ali Tehfi says:

    You catch a owl

  64. Patata Domata says:

    Dont they live in sea?

  65. Sean Radican says:

    4:48 my name is coyote Peterson and I’m going in to the pinch zone of a normal crayfish

  66. NerdNeck says:

    if we don’t get a video of you singing country roads we are not going to be happy

  67. Kultida Chaiamnuay says:

    My kids want to have a crayfish for a pet🦞

  68. SteelWing CalvinTheBird says:

    It’s so beautiful to be eaten

  69. Dranell Grant says:

    Great name 👍👍👍👍👍👍👌🏻☝🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  70. Alex Mason says:

    As a kid me and my brother would catch these all the time up in Ontario

  71. TsunamiTzu says:

    Oh! I’ve seen that crawfish in Louisiana before. In the New Orleans Insectarium.

  72. jeff jones says:

    You should see those salamanders here in ohio black with yellow dots like the one you caught but I have caught them over 8 inches in length. They do a migration through sand run metro parks every year thousands of them. I also own 2 blue crawfish 1 male and 1 female. They live in a 75 gallon aquarium they was given to me from a friend who no longer wanted them

  73. duyen le says:

    Blue crayfish is legendary

  74. Ziplog says:

    I saw a salamander under a rock at my house it was WAY BIGGER THAN THAT ONE

  75. Isaac Yim says:

    So apparently finding a blue crayfish is one in two million, so he’s got something real rare.

    Also hooray! The blue crayfish is named the Sapphire Crayfish!

  76. Landon Sypian says:

    hope cray fish don't pinch you!

  77. Ethan Ruelas says:

    Its craw not cra

  78. daniel zuver says:

    Good job coyote! But…

    What about the albino crayfish?

  79. Tim Kim says:

    This is shiny pokemon hunting

  80. Backyard Hockey says:

    Coyote: It’s a blue crayfish!

    Me: wow it’s blue!

  81. Crystal Dude says:

    Coyote: "there's a song called country roads take me home"

    *John Denver Songs Falshbacks

  82. CEGSpace says:


  83. Shmellinburg says:

    Hey me and coyote live in the same state

  84. Wassim Raptor says:

    It's kind of looks like a gummy crayfish

  85. Aiden Hoffman says:

    SAPPHIRE CRAYFISH FOR DA WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!❕❗️‼️

  86. Yassine Moulazim says:

    We had some of that species in my aquarium 👀

  87. were wolf says:

    I have one of that kind.

  88. uno manzanares teevee says:

    Maybe moon crayfish

  89. Vortexion Elite says:

    It’s not rare it was bleached

  90. Aryan HUSSAIN says:

    It’s called a crawfish

  91. XToxoXGachaX says:

    Diamond Crayfish is also a good name

  92. Desiree Bickett-Smith says:

    I almost swear I saw one under the other rock when you flipped the first rock

  93. Downbelow_ Fuggler says:

    I have one as a pet my is so blue

  94. clyde642006 says:

    What a beautiful creature. I agree with Coyote P., The Sapphire Crayfish is a good name for future classification!

  95. kylah amaya says:

    Lightning crayfish
    Blue crayfish
    Sapphire crayfish Like lightning crayfish dislike blue crayfish comment sapphire crayfish

  96. So Lavy says:

    💙💙💙💙Crayfish is my favorite animal

  97. Jamesbonse1 Sanchez says:

    Call it blue chomper

  98. Clint T says:

    I LOVE you keep it it up!!!!!

  99. Why Am I Here says:

    The Blue Crayfish was at a pet shop where I live

  100. gwendolyn graziano says:

    Gordon Ramsay entered the chat

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