back to article 'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

‪A German biologist has decided to name a new species of crayfish he helped describe in honour of international whistleblower Edward Snowden.‬ The Cherax snowden hails from the freshwater tributary creeks of West Papua, Indonesia. Parallels between the crustacean and the former NSA contractor are tricky to discern. The only …

  1. dotdavid

    "Genetically, Edward Snowdon has more genes in common with crabs than he does with you and me. Now that is scientific fact. There's no real evidence for it, but it is scientific fact."

  2. 2+2=5 Silver badge


    > However, pollution has put the species' future in doubt.

    The future of the real Edward Snowden is also in doubt from pollution... lead poisoning.

    1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      I'd have thought ricin

      was more likely. Or dioxin. Gotta maintain those traditions.

      1. WraithCadmus

        Re: I'd have thought ricin

        Anyone seen my umbrella?

  3. AbelSoul

    Re: Parallels...

    ... between the crustacean and the former NSA contractor are tricky to discern

    They're both slippery creatures?

    Anyway, fair play to the researcher. As he pointed out, there are plenty of other examples of famous monikers attached to obscure critters so why not Mr. Snowden?

    1. Ian Michael Gumby Silver badge

      Re: Parallels...

      They both taste like chicken?

      1. AbelSoul

        Re: They both taste like chicken?

        All of my life

        I've been lickin'

        Ed Snowden's Crayfish

        'Cause they taste like chicken

        Oh boy!

  4. Alistair Silver badge

    Re: Paralells.....

    Snowden clawed out some interesting tidbits in his time with the NSA............?

  5. razorfishsl

    And they will both find themselves in 'hot water'

  6. NorthernCoder

    Nominative determinism strikes again?

    Anne Schrimpf...

    Search The Register for nominative determinism for more examples.

  7. James 100

    New identity

    Damnit, El Reg, have you any idea how much effort the Russian government put into crafting Snowden's new identity - not just a new name, or even a new face, but giving him a whole new species to hide under, and you go and blow his cover like that?!

  8. Paul Woodhouse

    damn, dude already has a mountain in Wales named after him as well...

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