We Love Shrimp

With over 2,000 species of shrimp found in almost every marine environment throughout the world, it’s no wonder they are a staple of our American diet. Shrimp are our nation’s most consumed seafood, and each year we eat over 1 billion pounds of shrimp in the United States! In fact, shrimp are so delectable that we celebrate them every year during National Shrimp Day on May 10. Festivals are particularly common in areas where shrimp provide a vital economical resource to communities, like Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where the annual celebration includes a “Best of the Fest” cook-off, sand-sculpture competition, and even an art contest!

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Perhaps we love celebrating shrimp so much because they’re not so different from us! Just like many people, shrimp are omnivorous, enjoying both meat and plants. In fact, if you’ve ever eaten sushi you have more in common with shrimp than you think. Although shrimp don’t enjoy the creative presentation of a master chef, they do love munching on yummy fish and seaweed, just like our sushi rolls. And while people commonly agree that girls are more mature for their age than boys, shrimp of the family Pandalidae take it one step further, transitioning from male at birth to female as they mature. In fact, people can even learn a romantic lesson from shrimp, because rather than wearing their heart on their sleeve like so many of us, shrimps’ hearts are located in their heads...

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Image courtesy http://shrimp-culture.blogspot.com/.

Shrimp are also one of the most impressive creatures in the underwater world. While all shrimp have an exoskeleton, or hard outer covering, many species have unique ways of defending themselves against predators and capturing prey. Pistol shrimp are particularly intimidating, utilizing one large muscled claw to snap at over 100 km/hr, creating a shockwave that, although tiny, has the ability to interrupt ship-to-ship underwater sonar communication! The pistol shrimp’s snap is so forceful that it even reaches temperatures of over 9,000 degrees Celsius, as hot as the surface of the sun! In fact, shrimp have many fascinating relatives as well, like the Macrocyclops Albidus, a shrimp-like crustacean that scientists in New Jersey are actually utilizing to reduce mosquito populations through their consumption of mosquito larvae.

Just as many species of shrimp have unique “superpowers”, shrimp are also a super food! One 4oz serving of shrimp provides over 45% of our daily nutritional value of Protein, and an average shrimp contains just 7 calories. Shrimp are also a great source of Vitamin B12, Iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, and many other important nutrients vital to cardiovascular and nervous system health. Florida Organic Aquaculture’s colossal shrimp are particularly valuable to a healthy diet as their all-natural, bio-secure environment guarantees delicious shrimp free of the chemically-altering pharmaceuticals and environmentally harmful practices affecting so much of the world’s seafood available to consumers. To learn more about Florida Organic Aquaculture’s colossal shrimp and sustainable aquaculture practices please visit www.flaquaculture.com.

Want to know more about shrimp? Check out these interesting articles for more fascinating information:

http://a-z-animals.com/animals/shrimp/

http://gizmodo.com/incredible-slo-mo-footage-of-the-pistol-shrimps-devast-509523860

http://fun.yukozimo.com/facts-about-shrimp/