The Top 10 invaders in Washington state: Wild pigs, monster fish, killer flowers and more
A gravid female European Green Crab carrying her egg mass is surrounded by other invasive green crabs in a bucket, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2021. - Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times/TNS

SEATTLE — Recent news stories told of the Lummi Nation, west of Bellingham, describing a tiny, invasive crab — about 3 inches across the shell — as an "environmental disaster" and "one of the most destructive" aquatic creatures in the world. The European green crab is on the list of the Top 10 Washington state invasive species, compiled by Justin Bush, executive coordinator at the Washington Invasive Species Council. These are take-no-prisoners organisms, not native to the ecosystem and on the march. They've arrived by boat, uninvited passengers on cargo ships. They've been introduced by accid...