Giant Alien Shrimp Seen in Florida
While fishing in the waters of Florida recently, a fisherman happened to come across a considerably large shrimp that looked alien to him. Only last week, Steve Bargeron, the aforementioned fisherman from Florida, was trying to enjoy his fishing moment at a dock located at the Fort Pierce, Florida, US. Close to him, there was a couple fishing at the Florida waters as well. Surprisingly, the couple suddenly pulled up a giant shrimp from the water and the shrimp looked pretty alien to Bargeron and the couple alike. Yet, in spite of the alien nature of the shrimp they caught, the couple did not seem to have any interest at all in keeping the seemingly alien giant shrimp and decided to let it go back into the water, its true habitat.
However, before the couple actually did that, Steve Bargeron managed to snap quite a few pictures of the shrimp. As he put it to the Live Science, the giant shrimp, which looked like a lobster, flopped its tail in such a wild manner in the hope of getting unleashed back into the water.
Although the experience that Steve Bargeron encountered is not something that people can see within every single day, Roy Caldwell claims that it is, after all, not that strange actually. Roy Caldwell, who happens to be an integrative biology professor working for the University of California in Berkeley, unveils that the giant shrimp in question is in fact a mantis shrimp. He immediately recognizes the shrimp after checking its photos on the World Wide Web. According to Roy Caldwell, the shrimp, which is of the stomatopod family, is in fact a common marine crustacean that is known to inhabit the waters in Florida.
The integrative biology professor also explains that people can easily identify a stomatopod by looking at its prominent claws. Some of the species of this mantis shrimp use their claws to smash their prey whereas some others use them to stab their prey instead. Roy Caldwell has also unveiled to the Live Science that the shrimp in question is called a mantis shrimp quite so often because it has similar appendages with the praying mantis.
After further investigation, Caldwell now comes to a conclusion that the mantis shrimp recently caught off the Florida waters is a Lysiosquilla species. This is because it has six legs it can use to walk in addition to an articulated abdomen.
According to the professor, this shrimp can, in most cases, reach a length of twelve inches and can live up to thirty years. One thing that the mantis shrimps have in common is that their body is crossed by black and yellow bands.
According to Steve Bargeron, the mantis shrimp he recently encountered had a body that was even bigger than the Lysiosquillina maculate known to be the largest by man, which had a length of eighteen inches in total. Yet again, it was only an estimate because Bargeron did not have any proper measurement tape he could use at the moment he encountered the mantis shrimp.
Yet, according to Roy Caldwell, the shrimp recently caught off the waters of Florida is not the largest in its species. That predicate is proudly owned by the Lysiosquillina maculate species that is found to live deep inside the Pacific Ocean, covering the area of Hawaii to the eastern part of Africa. In respect to the recently spotted stomatopod, Roy Caldwell stresses that photos can be deceiving. After all, he has been studying these creatures for no less than fifty years and there is very little to no chance that people can catch an 18-inch shrimp. He also stresses that the proper way to measure just how a stomatopod is will be to measure it from the tip of its eyes all the way to the end of its tail. This means that the claws should not be measured. When the creature extends its claws, it may look significantly longer than it really is.