This big prawn or shrimp is one of the many attractions that tourists will find while driving down the roads of Australia. Oz land is a big country – much bigger than you can imagine and couple with their incredible sense of humour, Aussies enjoy themselves. We have seen the BIG pineapple, ram, apple, shrimp(prawn) banana, guitar and I could go on…..
Here are some interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about shrimp:
- They 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.
2. They are defenders of the deep: Coral shrimp in the Indo-Pacific live exclusively in association with corals, dining on their host’s mucus and protecting the coral from predators. Navy submarines sometimes hide in beds of snapping shrimp to disguise their location from sonar detection.
3. They are loud: Snapping shrimp make louder sounds than any other marine animals, producing a noise with their claws that is greater than a gunshot or jet engine.
4. They are strong: Harlequin shrimp, from the Pacific and Indian oceans, use their flat, oversize claws to sever arms from sea stars for food.
5. They know how to reproduce: Most shrimp are breeding machines — within hours after their eggs hatch, females are carrying a new batch of fertilized embryos.
- They are the victims of bycatch: Of the nearly 2,000 shrimp species, fewer than 20 are commercially harvested. That doesn’t sound too bad, but check this out: It is estimated that shrimp trawling, also known as “bulldozing the ocean,” destroys four pounds of incidental bycatch for every pound of shrimp taken.