Truly jumbo cannibal shrimp are invasive, but also tasty4/28/2012
Giant cannibal shrimp may sound like a B-movie science fiction creature, but in reality, the Asian tiger shrimp is the latest invasive species that is giving scientists nightmares. The shrimp, which can grow to 13 inches long, are rapidly increasing in number and are increasingly common off the coast of Southern states. What worries scientists is that the shrimp not only feed on their smaller cousins, but also are disease-prone. Scientists are unsure how many of the jumbo shrimp are in American waters, but one female can lay between 50,000 and a million eggs, which can hatch in 24 hours. The good news? Unlike other invasive creatures, the tiger shrimp are reported to be good eatin'.
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