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Rain brings alien-like shrimp back to life

By T.K. Randall
January 16, 2017 · Comment icon 17 comments


A prehistoric species of shrimp in Australia has been emerging from the ground recently due to heavy rain.
The shield shrimp, a 'living fossil' that has remained mostly unchanged for millions of years, is one of the hardiest animals on the planet. It spends most of its time buried beneath the desert sand and its eggs are so tough that they can survive without any water at all for up to ten years.

Recently however, an unexpected period of extremely wet weather has brought millions of these elusive crustaceans to the surface, leading to sightings all over the outback.

"When sufficient summer rain comes along, they hatch and go crazy trying to feed as much as they can on micro-organisms and bacteria in the water," said Michael Barritt, an expert on living fossils.

"They want to be able to lay their eggs back into the drying surface before the waterhole dries out."

Source: IB Times | Comments (17)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by TruckerNate 6 years ago
That's what I was thinking about. Time to go in the kitchen and fix up some food. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
Australia is one crazy place  
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hawkin 6 years ago
I wonder if Australians are getting their barbies out to have shrimp?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Astra. 6 years ago
Yeah - but in a good kinda way 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hawkin 6 years ago
When you visit Oz. Just don't say you root for their team. It might get you in trouble.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado 6 years ago
It would be cool to see what would happen if it rained like that in Florida.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Summerin1905 6 years ago
i thought triops were already here. I bought one of the grow triops kits way back when i was a kid. one thing though about them is they do cannabilism which i did not know. I learned my lesson.
Comment icon #15 Posted by brlesq1 6 years ago
Pretty cool.
Comment icon #16 Posted by cluey 6 years ago
It was a bacteria that starting showing just days before christmas.......and as us Aussies love our shrimp on the barbie.......it affected many fisherman.........heaps where fine though........we had a huge amount with our ham,turkey and all our other food........
Comment icon #17 Posted by TrumpsSecretWeapon 6 years ago
what if shrimp are just whales STD's?


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