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(TreeHugger)   Prehistoric shrimp emerge from the Australian desert after a heavy rain. They're immediately captured and sold into the dark world of Sea Monkey black market   ( treehugger.com) divider line
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2017-10-22 10:07:56 AM  
Where's the line on prehistoric and historic? Written records? It's got to be something other than teenager me figuring out there was a world beyond myself.
 
2017-10-22 10:25:21 AM  

edmo: Where's the line on prehistoric and historic? Written records? It's got to be something other than teenager me figuring out there was a world beyond myself.


From Wiki:
The fossil record of Notostraca (shield shrimp) is extensive, occurring in a wide range of geological deposits, and reaching back to the Carboniferous period. The lack of major morphological change since 250 million years ago has led to Notostraca being described as a living fossil.

So, yeah - pretty much a prehistoric shrimp.
 
2017-10-22 11:26:12 AM  

Private_Citizen: edmo: Where's the line on prehistoric and historic? Written records? It's got to be something other than teenager me figuring out there was a world beyond myself.

From Wiki:
The fossil record of Notostraca (shield shrimp) is extensive, occurring in a wide range of geological deposits, and reaching back to the Carboniferous period. The lack of major morphological change since 250 million years ago has led to Notostraca being described as a living fossil.

So, yeah - pretty much a prehistoric shrimp.


As long as we can throw a few on the barbie it's all good.
 
2017-10-22 11:26:22 AM  
Of course I'm going to reach down and touch something I don't know what it is with my bare hand.  Difficulty in Australia. He's lucky to be alive.
 
2017-10-22 11:27:12 AM  

BlueBox: Of course I'm going to reach down and touch something I don't know what it is with my bare hand.  Difficulty in Australia. He's lucky to be alive.


It's a shrimp. He just wanted to throw a few on the barbie.
 
2017-10-22 11:31:47 AM  

Raoul Eaton: BlueBox: Of course I'm going to reach down and touch something I don't know what it is with my bare hand.  Difficulty in Australia. He's lucky to be alive.

It's a shrimp. He just wanted to throw a few on the barbie.


They have some weird fetishes down there.

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2017-10-22 11:32:33 AM  
Well, that's fine but how do they taste?
 
2017-10-22 11:32:40 AM  

Raoul Eaton: As long as we can throw a few on the barbie it's all good.


Raoul Eaton: It's a shrimp. He just wanted to throw a few on the barbie.


I don't get it.

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2017-10-22 11:33:33 AM  

Krieghund: They have some weird fetishes down there.


:shakes tiny fist:
 
2017-10-22 11:34:15 AM  
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2017-10-22 11:34:57 AM  
Not just Australia, I've seen them here in the high desert of New Mexico.

Not really interested in what they might taste like.....
 
2017-10-22 11:35:58 AM  
Used to sprout up in the temporary pools after very occasional heavy rain (once every few years) in Arabia; fascinating wee beasties.

Always thought it interesting that they resemble a tiny version of horseshoe crabs, a similarly ancient creature.
 
2017-10-22 11:38:38 AM  
I would have gone with "and immediately consumed by eccentric Chinese billionaires" but ok.
 
2017-10-22 11:41:47 AM  

LordOfThePings: Raoul Eaton: As long as we can throw a few on the barbie it's all good.

Raoul Eaton: It's a shrimp. He just wanted to throw a few on the barbie.

I don't get it.

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It's mocking the "nude sushi table" fad from the '90s-00s.

/moderately funny
 
2017-10-22 11:42:51 AM  
They're pretty cool creatures. When my daughter was young, we raised several generations of Triops longicaudatus
 
2017-10-22 11:42:59 AM  

NoahBuddy: Used to sprout up in the temporary pools after very occasional heavy rain (once every few years) in Arabia; fascinating wee beasties.

Always thought it interesting that they resemble a tiny version of horseshoe crabs, a similarly ancient creature.


Wonder if their blood is as valuable or useful as horseshoe crab blood.
 
2017-10-22 11:43:27 AM  

edmo: Where's the line on prehistoric and historic? Written records? It's got to be something other than teenager me figuring out there was a world beyond myself.


Written records is what I used to think. Now, it's just "The Present is the moment between the Past and the Future."
 
2017-10-22 11:44:31 AM  
Sea Monkeys - Nightmare Edition
 
2017-10-22 11:47:22 AM  
Triops australiensis, which looks like the love child of a horseshoe crab and a creature from the far side of the universe,

We have here an author who knows what creatures from the far side of the universe look like. NASA should hire her and save billions on space exploration.
 
2017-10-22 11:50:52 AM  

lostcat: Sea Monkeys - Nightmare Edition


Aka Lobstrocities from the Dark Tower
 
2017-10-22 11:53:44 AM  

Krieghund: Raoul Eaton: BlueBox: Of course I'm going to reach down and touch something I don't know what it is with my bare hand.  Difficulty in Australia. He's lucky to be alive.

It's a shrimp. He just wanted to throw a few on the barbie.

They have some weird fetishes down there.

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I always knew barnie was a whore... but a rash around the mouth?!?
 
2017-10-22 12:04:17 PM  

spacelord321: Krieghund: Raoul Eaton: BlueBox: Of course I'm going to reach down and touch something I don't know what it is with my bare hand.  Difficulty in Australia. He's lucky to be alive.

It's a shrimp. He just wanted to throw a few on the barbie.

They have some weird fetishes down there.

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I always knew barnie was a whore... but a rash around the mouth?!?


Come on he's had a hard time lately

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2017-10-22 12:07:15 PM  
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2017-10-22 12:07:52 PM  
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2017-10-22 12:23:21 PM  

interstellar_tedium: spacelord321: Krieghund: Raoul Eaton: BlueBox: Of course I'm going to reach down and touch something I don't know what it is with my bare hand.  Difficulty in Australia. He's lucky to be alive.

It's a shrimp. He just wanted to throw a few on the barbie.

They have some weird fetishes down there.

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I always knew barnie was a whore... but a rash around the mouth?!?

Come on he's had a hard time lately

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Walked right into that one.
 
2017-10-22 12:24:01 PM  

Odoriferous Queef: They're pretty cool creatures. When my daughter was young, we raised several generations of Triops longicaudatus


It's find of cool their eggs blew all the way to Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands.  OK, maybe stuck to a bird's foot.
 
2017-10-22 12:31:32 PM  
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2017-10-22 12:36:47 PM  
This could get out of control:
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2017-10-22 12:43:00 PM  

spacelord321: interstellar_tedium: spacelord321: Krieghund: Raoul Eaton: BlueBox: Of course I'm going to reach down and touch something I don't know what it is with my bare hand.  Difficulty in Australia. He's lucky to be alive.

It's a shrimp. He just wanted to throw a few on the barbie.

They have some weird fetishes down there.

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I always knew barnie was a whore... but a rash around the mouth?!?

Come on he's had a hard time lately

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[img.fark.net image 301x201]Walked right into that one.


Sorry about that, was actually looking for one of the old Dr Fun cartoons but it was taking too long

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2017-10-22 12:45:24 PM  

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Shai-Hulud!
Bless the maker and his water.
 
2017-10-22 12:50:05 PM  
Prehistoric shrimp is the fruit of the desert. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, prehistoric shrimp-kabobs, prehistoric shrimp creole, prehistoric shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple prehistoric shrimp, lemon prehistoric shrimp, coconut prehistoric shrimp, pepper prehistoric shrimp, prehistoric shrimp soup, prehistoric shrimp stew, prehistoric shrimp salad, prehistoric shrimp and potatoes, prehistoric shrimp burger, prehistoric shrimp sandwich and spam. That- that's about it.
 
2017-10-22 01:04:28 PM  
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2017-10-22 01:12:51 PM  

Terrapin Bound: [img.fark.net image 850x667]


Brine Shrimp.
 
2017-10-22 01:24:24 PM  
"Imagine millions of these slithering out from the mud?"

Imagine a writer who knows how to use question marks?
 
2017-10-22 01:26:14 PM  

Frantic Freddie: Not just Australia, I've seen them here in the high desert of New Mexico.


Isopods, surely?
 
2017-10-22 01:30:31 PM  
Sea Monkeys are a hybrid of genus Artemia. Triops are a completely different animal.
 
2017-10-22 01:34:24 PM  

Delfanelfa: Frantic Freddie: Not just Australia, I've seen them here in the high desert of New Mexico.

Isopods, surely?


You can't be serious?
 
2017-10-22 01:38:12 PM  
This happened in January. Why we only hearing about it now? If something ominous rises out of 'Stralia and the rest of the world doesn't hear about it for 10 months we could be in big trouble. Now for the important question. Can I eat it?
 
2017-10-22 01:38:34 PM  
Attack of the 50 Foot Yabby?
 
2017-10-22 01:39:38 PM  
I had Triops. You can buy them in museum gift shops and where ever science novelty items are sold. They are cannibals so I ended up with one big Triops. I also saw some Daphnia and Water Bears, which were interesting but required magnification to see well. They are about the size of a comma or period, just white specks with legs.

Yes, Triops are frequently found in areas where drought and flooding alternate. The Triops sold in the USA and Canada generally come from the South West deserts. They look a lot like little Horseshoe Crabs, another "living fossil" but are smaller and live in brackish or fresh water whereas Horseshoe Crabs are marine and turn up on the coast of New England. Some of them are the size of small plates.

They are called Triops because they have three eye patches--the regular two and the "Third Eye" in the middle of what would be foreheads on humans I don't think they are edible but they probably are food for something when they bloom.
 
2017-10-22 01:41:28 PM  

ramen_for_all: This happened in January. Why we only hearing about it now? If something ominous rises out of 'Stralia and the rest of the world doesn't hear about it for 10 months we could be in big trouble. Now for the important question. Can I eat it?


Probably no. They are too small, worse than those little Chinese crabs with almost no meat on them.  I thing the Chinese make soup of them rather than trying to eat the crabs themselves.
 
2017-10-22 01:42:36 PM  
So how deadly are they?
 
2017-10-22 01:42:59 PM  
Has anyone used the "shrimp on the barbie" joke yet?..... because that would be hilarious
 
2017-10-22 01:47:01 PM  
The American species look way more like horseshoe crabs and are darker, a black, green, whatever camouflages them locally. They are found in Canada, the South West and Rocky Mountains, and most of Latin America. Also Japan for some reason. Darwin knows.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triops_​l​ongicaudatus
 
2017-10-22 01:47:18 PM  

Grumpy Cat: Delfanelfa: Frantic Freddie: Not just Australia, I've seen them here in the high desert of New Mexico.

Isopods, surely?

You can't be serious?


Shh, shh, let's see if Frantic Freddie handles this first.
 
2017-10-22 01:47:34 PM  

Gyrfalcon: So how deadly are they?


Mostly harmless. Proof they did not evolve in Australia.
 
2017-10-22 01:50:52 PM  

Mister Peejay: Grumpy Cat: Delfanelfa: Frantic Freddie: Not just Australia, I've seen them here in the high desert of New Mexico.

Isopods, surely?

You can't be serious?

Shh, shh, let's see if Frantic Freddie handles this first.


Isopods are another thing. They often look a lot like trilobites, leading people to believe that trilobites have not been extinct since long before the dinosaurs moseyed into outer space to become reptilian overlords.

Some marine isopods are quite large--over a foot long--in the Ocean, and some live on land and probably in your basement or crawl space, such as wood lice.

I love trilobites. They are cool. But I doubt if you could eat them and besides, if you were on Earth at the time of the trilobites, you would have other fish to fry, such as the problem of breathing the low-oxygen air or fighting giant centipedes, the most dreaded of giant insects.
 
2017-10-22 01:52:07 PM  
Well, not insects. But Giant Insects is a thing from the Movies, so I say Giant Insects as a film genre not a taxonomic classification.
 
2017-10-22 01:54:20 PM  

brantgoose: Well, not insects. But Giant Insects is a thing from the Movies, so I say Giant Insects as a film genre not a taxonomic classification.


genus Woo Packers
 
2017-10-22 01:57:27 PM  

ski9600: Terrapin Bound: [img.fark.net image 850x667]

Brine Shrimp.


Are you telling me Sea Monkeys don't form family units like in the picture?
What about Mom's lipstick? Surely the kits come with little lipsticks...and that blond hair could NOT be deceptive advertising!

/You're crushing my childhood.
 
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