nature guides: introducing shrimps
Have you ever eaten a prawn or a shrimp? Yes, almost everyone knows
what a shrimp looks like.
Shrimps and prawns belong to a group of animals called crustaceans.
Other crustaceans include crabs!
Finding prawns and shrimps
use our ears to find a shrimp! "Can you hear the
snapping sound? That's made by the tiny snapping shrimp. Listen
and you will find its burrow. Be still so that it won't be afraid
and will come out". This
exercise helps them to use all their senses and to stay still
see if this snapping shrimp has a friend" Talk about the shrimp goby.
use our eyes to find a shrimp. "How many shrimps
we can find in this pool?" This exercise helps them to observe
and look for well camouflaged animals.
Other messages: "There are all kinds of tiny animals hiding
below the sand, and almost invisible in pools. So watch your step!"
"See how many tiny shrimps are hiding among this small clump
of seaweed? So avoid stepping on seaweeds."
is it so hard to spot a shrimp? "How may ways to
do they have of hiding?" Being transparent or the same colour
as the surroundings, hiding under a stone, hiding in a burrow,
hiding in the sand.
also live on other animals for safety! For example, some
live on sea anemones, sea pens, soft corals, hard corals and
other kinds of animals..
snapping shrimp has a giant pincer! Talk about how
this is used by the snapping shrimp.
is the shrimp different from a crab? "Have you eaten
a shrimp? Have you eaten a crab? What are the differences?"
Talk about how the shrimp
moves differently from a crab. "So the next time you
eat seafood, have a closer look at the animal".
and shrimps are important to the ecosystem
- Just like
you, many animals love to eat shrimps and prawns!
They are an important part of the ecosystem. Can
we think of some animals that might eat a shrimp? Some
charismatic animals to highlight: shorebirds, fishes.
and seagrasses are important to shrimps. Small shrimps
find safety among the mangrove roots and seagrasses. When they
get bigger, they can move into deeper water and mate and make
new shrimps. More about the lifecycle
and shrimps and you
We all love to eat prawns and shrimps!
prawn farming can have a devastating impact. More
only what you need, eat what you take. Don't throw any prawns
Finding shrimps: Tiny transparent shrimps are common
in pools, snapping shrimps are found almost everywhere on the
intertidal, larger prawns lurk among seagrasses and seaweeds.
Not all tiny shrimps are juveniles of larger species. Many of
them remain tiny all their lives.
Be gentle! When overturning a rock to look at shrimps,
be gentle so as not to crush animals under the rock, and plants
living on top of the rock. Be sure to return the rock to exactly
the way you found it, and ensure the visitors also learn that
they should do this.
Don't disturb shrimps: Don't dig them up, poke at them
or make them jump around. Try to point out features without
Don't let visitors touch snapping shrimps: their snaps
can be very painful, and they pinch too.
Don't put shrimps in a pot Many can jump out and will
die if they land on a dry spot.
Don't remove commensal shrimps from their host: it sets
a bad example. Just look at them where they are.