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09-May-2022 Christine Hanrahan

Fairy shrimp (Eubranchipus)

Larose Forest

Scooping out water from a trailside vernal pool (temporary pool) and into a plastic container in order to better see what might be found, we saw three fairy shrimp. These tiny Crustaceans are interesting little critters, swimming along on their backs, the stalked black eyes sticking out on either side of the head, they move with a fluid and almost magical grace. They are about 1/2 inch long and delicate as can be, enchanting to see and watch. After we'd both taken photos, the container was emptied back into the pool.

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Graeme15-Jul-2022 23:41
Quite fascinating.BV!!
Nirvan Hope15-Jul-2022 01:04
It is kind of cute and fairylike. So well shown for such a small being.
Walter Otto Koenig14-Jul-2022 17:43
Fascinating to see this tiny creature. "V"
hayl14-Jul-2022 12:17
Love their name - very fitting for this delicate creature. Thanks for the information too.
Kuriacose Joseph14-Jul-2022 10:18
Great find.
Torben Jorgensen14-Jul-2022 08:56
Great and unusual shot of the shrimp.. V
Jean Chiasson14-Jul-2022 01:52
Beautiful creature and details Christine V
Hank Vander Velde14-Jul-2022 01:41
TERRIFIC shot of it Christine.
globalgadabout14-Jul-2022 00:40
that's a quirky little fellow...interesting they are in vernal pools, as that means having a reliable survival strategy when the pools dry out..
Carl Carbone13-Jul-2022 23:26
What a neat find. I've never seen one in the wild, but we used to have them as kids - "Sea Monkeys" as they were marketed.
Pierre Martin13-Jul-2022 22:36
what a cool and special find, beautiful shot!
Isabel Cutler13-Jul-2022 21:47
How exciting and soecial, V
Helen Betts13-Jul-2022 20:52
What an excellent capture of this delicate creature. V.
joseantonio13-Jul-2022 20:02
beautifully captured.V.
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