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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:04 pm 
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This has got to be the shrimp from heqq! http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati ... /15114939/

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:42 pm 
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Hey Gene,

Looks like a giant mantid shrimp. They are the fastest animals on the planet, even the fastest high speed cameras have trouble keeping up this their strike. And watch out for those strikers, they can break bones, or if they extent their spikes, can impale you in a millisecond.

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tms wrote:
Hey Gene,

Looks like a giant mantid shrimp. They are the fastest animals on the planet, even the fastest high speed cameras have trouble keeping up this their strike. And watch out for those strikers, they can break bones, or if they extent their spikes, can impale you in a millisecond.

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Yeah, but they taste great! Had some many years ago in the Far East. :-D

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I have seen what we call mantis shrimp that look just like that in the stomach of many striped bass that I caught in the Delaware Bay. Not that big though, they are usually 3-4 inches. May be the same or related species not sure.

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That picture was on the news and it's going viral.

It really looks like a smaller shrimp that someone is holding close to the camera with the rod in the background.

You can't see what is holding the shrimp up.
Does this picture look fake to anyone else?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:45 pm 
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Naw, it doesn't look fake to me. The shrimp is off balance, which is what gives the impression it's photo shopped. Look at the guy's fingers. They're really pressing down holding that rod in place.

If he were really trying to fake the picture, he wouldn't have anything close to the shrimp. I've taken pictures of fish with only a distant shore in sight and that really makes the fish look large.

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Zulu wrote:
That picture was on the news and it's going viral.

It really looks like a smaller shrimp that someone is holding close to the camera with the rod in the background.

You can't see what is holding the shrimp up.
Does this picture look fake to anyone else?

Zulu the Skeptic


Not faked. The mantis shrimp, which this appears to be, commonly grows to 12" or more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp . Not all shrimps are shrimps. :wink: I suspect that the Vietnamese brought it in, since it's common in that part of the world, and was unknown in the Gulf of Mexico. There has been a large influx of Vietnamese in the Gulf States since the end of the Vietnam war, and many run fishing/shrimp boats, so it's not really surprising that this species has appeared in the Gulf. It's essentially a invasive species, albeit one that tastes good.

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Does not look fake to me. It looks just like the mantis shrimp I find in the stomach of Delaware Bay fish.

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