The Magic of Sea Monkeys!

Dr. Fong Say:

Hey do you remember Sea Monkeys? They came as tiny packets of powder with mysterious names like "Living Plasma". At the bottom of the picture of mutant sea people above, it says "Caricatures shown not intended to depict Artemia salina." Well, what the hell are those things supposed to be then?


"Sea-Monkeys are a hybrid of Artemia salina, a species of brine shrimp. These are a type of fairy shrimp -- not true shrimp, but a branchiopod. The term Sea-Monkeys (sometimes unhyphenated) is a trademark used to sell them as a novelty gift. They originate in salt lakes and salt evaporation flats."

"The key observation that allowed unhatched "Sea-Monkeys" to be cheaply packaged, shipped, and handled is that in certain easily-prepared environments they enter cryptobiosis, a natural state of suspended animation. When released into their aquarium they leave this state and hatch."


Sea Monkey Wiki

3 Comments:

gazard said...

Sea Monkeys are interesting...

gazard said...

The other type of instant pet is triops, also from dinosaur age!

Dr. Fong said...

Wow, I looked into those! They look pretty cool. As far as pets in a jar go...