That was the question after bubble-gum colored blobs began appearing on posts and the new concrete retaining walls that line Echo Park Lake. Closer inspection revealed that the blobs were composed of much smaller blobs. Long-time park visitors like Martin Cox (who snapped the photo above) had never seen them before. “There are thousands and thousands of these egg like structures all over the poles, plants and walls of the lake,” he said. What are they?
The Apple Snail, which is native to fresh water in tropical regions, lay its eggs in what are called “clutches” above the water line to protect them from fish, according to Apple.Snail.Net While Apple Snails are popular aquarium pets, they are considered unwanted, invasive species in some areas. In fact, the Apple Snail has threatened the rice crop in California and Texas.
Let’s hope the Apple Snail don’t develop a taste for the Echo Park Lake lotus.