Fla. fisherman pulls massive 18-inch shrimp-like creature from water

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — An 18-inch, massive shrimp-like creature was pulled from the waters in Fort Pierce, Fla., and scientists are trying to figure out exactly what it is.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Facebook page, a fisherman named Steve Bargeron was fishing off a dock and watched another fisherman pull the creature from the water. He then sent photos to the FWC.

The FWC say scientists think it may be a type of mantis shrimp, which is actually not related to shrimp, but is a type of crustacean. Scientists will continue to review the pictures to identify the exact species.

Source: WMBF

7 comments

  • Sonya

    Yep, looks like a mantis shrimp. An unusually ugly mantis shrimp, but one nonetheless. They’re one of my favorite creatures. I hope they didn’t get too close to his face!

  • Kari

    II caught one of this at Port Canaveral one night at the Navy Base. I was told that these shrimps generally are from Japan and that some of them attach to ships and get knocked off when the boat goes into port and and gets up along the seawall… or parks. They’re ugly and when they’re on the ground they curl up like a huge snail. And, the one I caught was certainly much larger than this one. So, they do come in large and extra large sizes. And they’re ugly ugly ugly.

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