May 10 - Geezer's Blog - National Shrimp Day

The Bottom Line: Delicious facts about shrimp!

The Full Story:

  • There are over 128 species of shrimp.
  • A shrimp can average about six-inches while the longest ever found was at 16-inches.
  • Most shrimp are omnivorous, but some are specialized for particular modes of feeding.
  • Shrimp are primarily swimmers, not crawlers.
  • Some shrimp can live as long as six and a half years, while some only live about a year or so.
  • There are 16 different stages of life are found in shrimp from egg to full adult.
  • Shrimp DANCE! To attract fish, cleaning shrimp wave their white antennae and do a little dance. Several shrimp species, known as cleaners, safely venture inside the open mouths of fishes to remove bloodsucking parasites.
  • Every shrimp is actually born a male and then become females as they mature.
  • The average shrimp has 10 legs.
  • The name for raw, uncooked shrimp is “green”.
  • The pistol shrimp can deliver an explosive attack hotter than the surface of the sun and loud enough to rupture a human ear drum.
  • Most shrimp are breeding machines -- within hours after their eggs hatch, females are carrying a new batch of fertilized embryos.


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