Crawfish

I can't eat crawfish. This is a crawfish:
I can't eat them. Last week at a crawfish "boil" I was, for the first time, face to face with the little bleeders and the genuine possibility of having to eat them. I had spurned the chance twice before to meet up for unlimited beer and crawfish because I was unsure of even what it was at first, but I read the subsequent articles online and reviews of various places. I wasn't sure why I was being so... suspect of eating them, but I was, and pictures above are an interesting reminder why:

THEY LOOK ALIVE WHEN THEY ARE DEAD.

This, still genuinely to me, sounds a little crazy, but it wasn't until I was tasked with the prospect of actually eating them, the details of which are below, did my stomach spin and turn like nothing else. I stood, in our local grocery store, picking out a fine piece of fresh Atlantic Salmon, watching the tank of Lobsters bumble around and tumble in their tank and it wasn't until I asked Connie that she said that "they are cooked alive".

This was a tiny bit of a shock to me. I actually don't really know where I thought that they were boiled alive came from, but being told that's what they do and then confirming they do that to Crawfish just sent me over the edge. I wasn't interested. The method of eating a crawfish is to pull the tail off, remove the shell, and eat what I would say is a miniscule amount of meat. We are talking half a Staedtler rubber of meat, if that. The effort that goes into making these little creatures edible is so laborious for such a small amount of food you can eat.

But I have rightly been told that prawns (or shrimp as the USAians call them) also look like they are alive - but I somehow don't care, which might make me a little confusing. I like these kinds of prawns:
Not the kind where the look like they can crawl off your plate. And I think that I might revise my previous statement:

THEY LOOK ALIVE WHEN THEY ARE DEAD AND YOU ARE EATING THEM.


So I chickened out and have apparently missed the culinary delight of the South.