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This Shrimp Packs a Punch
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This Shrimp Packs a Punch

We most often see them lying boiled-pink on a bed of lettuce with a side of red sauce. Yet shrimp in real life are a diverse and colorful group of crustaceans with some amazing physical features and behaviors.

About 2,000 species of shrimp inhabit saltwater and freshwater environments. Some eat plants and debris — and some are ruthless predators, like the cartoon-character-like mantis shrimp shown here.

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World’s Deadliest: Amazing Pistol Shrimp

One of this shrimp’s two claws acts like a handgun, firing a high-velocity bubble that stuns prey. Blink and you’ll miss the action in this amazing video. More...

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Glow, Little Spewing Shrimp, Glow

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You’re face to face with a foe that wants to make you its dinner. What would you do? This little shrimp defends itself with bioluminescent blue barf. Crisis averted! More...

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Deepest Ocean Vents Swarm with Heat-Vision Shrimp?

Deepest Ocean Vents Swarm with Heat-Vision Shrimp?

More than 3 miles deep in the Caribbean Sea, robotic vehicles discovered volcanic vents that provide heat. Attracted to the vents like moths to a porch light, heat-seeing shrimp swarm to the vents’ infrared light. More...

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National Geographic
How Does a Shrimp Boat Work?

How Does a Shrimp Boat Work?

Although many of the shrimp we eat are farmed, shrimp trawling boats still head out into the Gulf of Mexico to catch this popular seafood. Watch the daily routine in this video. More...

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Southern Shrimp Alliance
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Pink Shrimp

Pink Shrimp

Pink shrimp are basically our “default” shrimp, the most commonly eaten shrimp species in the U.S. Most are caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Find out more about these “generic” shrimp.
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Save Shrimp!

Save Shrimp!

Choose your level of difficulty, then help your little shrimp dodge the menacing fish that want to make it a fast food meal. More...

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Shrimp

Shrimp

Of about 2,000 shrimp species in the world, fewer than 20 are human food sources. Most kinds of shrimp, ranging from nearly microscopic to 12 inches in length, live out their lives in nature. More...

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Shrimp and a Goby

Shrimp and a Goby

BFFs: A blind pistol shrimp teams up with a goby fish “bodyguard.” Watch the video to explore this unusual — but mutually beneficial — relationship. More...

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Treadmill Studies: Louis E. Burnett

Treadmill Studies: Louis E. Burnett

When it was first posted, Professor Burnett‘s treadmill shrimp video became an immediate YouTube sensation. Behind the viral video is some real research on infectious disease and changing marine environments. More...

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College of Charleston
What’s the Difference Between a Prawn and a Shrimp?

What’s the Difference Between a Prawn and a Shrimp?

Throw another shrimp on the barbie. Or should it be prawn? Technically, shrimp and prawns belong to two different crustacean families, although sometimes local names ignore this. Confused yet? More...

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Museum Victoria

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