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My Sea Monkeys hatched!!!

post #1 of 26
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After I saw the thread a week ago about sea monkeys I went out and bought some. I put them in a big fish bowl instead of the teeny tiny ones they sell specifically for them. The pack came with a maginfying glass- thank goodness because they are soooooo tiny

Today they were fed for the first time. They are so cute! Their little flipping tails are adorable. My hubby says only I could love a shrimp

My daughter has counted 24 of them, and wants to name them all
post #2 of 26
awwww how cute . I love them too
post #3 of 26
Wow, how neat!! I would have loved to see pics, never seen these except as drawings.
post #4 of 26
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There's a pic of a sea monkey at www.sea-monkeys.com

They don't look much like the cartoon drawings
post #5 of 26
They ARE brine shrimp! LOL When you're done with them you can feed them to your fish!

(Opps... bad joke) Hope it didn't offend anyone.
post #6 of 26
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Originally posted by mzjazz2u
They ARE brine shrimp! LOL When you're done with them you can feed them to your fish!

(Opps... bad joke) Hope it didn't offend anyone.
LOL!!! Bad joke MzJazz! I thought seamonkeys was for real growing up as a kid
post #7 of 26
I always wanted them when I was little. I thought they were real, too.
post #8 of 26
Oh How exciting!
post #9 of 26
Too cool-I'm jealous Melissa. My boss loves shrimp (the kind you eat, he calls himself the "Shrimp Destroyer"), so I've been trying to convince my lab-mates we need to have sea monkeys in the lab. Have you seen they even have watches that you can raise sea monkeys in?
post #10 of 26
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Originally posted by Jellybelly
LOL!!! Bad joke MzJazz! I thought seamonkeys was for real growing up as a kid
They are real. I looked up the term they use for them in my Genetic dictionary. Go to that website listed earlier. Better yet here ya go...

Sea-Monkeys® are a true miracle of nature. They exist in suspended animation inside their tiny eggs for many years. The instant-life crystals, in which the eggs are enclosed, preserve their viability and help to extend still further their un-hatched life span! Sea-Monkeys are real Time-Travelers asleep in biological time capsules for their strange journey into the future!

Scientists call this amazing rare process "cryptobiosis" which means, "hidden life". Among the types of life on Earth that are cryptobiotic in early stages of development are the seeds of higher plants (wheat grains from the tombs of the ancient Egyptian Kings have sprouted after being sealed in urns for more than 2,000 years), the larvae of certain insects, and the thick-shelled eggs of some crustaceans such as Daphnia, seed Shrimps (Ostracods) and Brine Shrimp (Artemia salina). Sea-Monkeys too belong in this category, since they are a variety of Artemia. A relative of Lobsters, Crabs, Fairy Shrimp and other crustaceans, instead of originating in the ocean, Artemia are found in salt lakes and salt evaporation flats. The waters of these areas are often so salty that Artemia may be the only non-microscopic animal inhabiting them.

Are they Brine Shrimp?
Because fish eat and thrive on brine shrimp, for years they were collected as eggs or alive, to be sold as an aquarium "food." Although all along, brine shrimp had the very qualities that would, at a later date, make them one of the most desirable pets ever sold, it simply never "dawned" on anyone to consider them as anything other "fish food". Now, thanks to
Sea-Monkeys, this attitude has changed.

Although Sea-Monkeys are a species of brine shrimp, they are unique. We not only unlocked the most elusive secrets of their life cycle, we created new formulas to keep them alive under conditions found in the average home—an accomplishment never before achieved! Finally, after years of crossbreeding, we developed a hybrid. These amazing new hybrids grow larger and live longer than any "natural" variety of brine shrimp.
post #11 of 26
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Hmmm....now to come up with 24 'shrimplike' names for them
post #12 of 26
Maybe now your daughter won't want a new hamster!
post #13 of 26
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LOL..maybe. She hasn't mentioned it in a couple days. She did say she wanted a puppy this morning though Shes the next Dr. Dolittle.
post #14 of 26
Hey - I thought of names. Give each one a letter of the alphabet.
post #15 of 26
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LOL!! I think I may just do that- but how the heck can I tell them apart?
post #16 of 26
use a little tiny marker and write the letters on their back? LOL!
post #17 of 26
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I was thinking the same thing
post #18 of 26
Knit them mini pullovers with different colours for each?
post #19 of 26
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Scarves might be easier- I'm not much of a knitter
post #20 of 26
Your daughter will probably be able to tell them apart!
post #21 of 26
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Yes- probably by the way they swim- shes got a great eye

These things are literally as big as the period at the end of this sentence. They're amazing!
post #22 of 26
You would have to make very tiny scarves!
post #23 of 26
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Originally posted by adymarie
Knit them mini pullovers with different colours for each?
This conversation is too funny! Now I want to get some Sea Monkeys!!! But only if Ady knits them mini pullovers!!


Good luck Melissa in trying to name them AND identify them!!!!

post #24 of 26
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Thanks! :jarswim:
post #25 of 26
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Originally posted by Russian Blue
This conversation is too funny! Now I want to get some Sea Monkeys!!! But only if Ady knits them mini pullovers!!


Good luck Melissa in trying to name them AND identify them!!!!

I'll get my grandmother to knit them - I sure can't with 5 cats in the house!
post #26 of 26
I really really really want sea monkeys after all the talk of them. They are going to be on my christmas wish list!
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