Cannibal Shrimp: Giant Asian Tiger Shrimp Population in US Coast Increases (Photo)

By on Apr 30, 2012 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments
Giant Cannibal Shrimp

Giant Cannibal Shrimp
Image Credit: NOAA

The number of giant cannibal shrimp in US coastal waters from North Carolina to Texas is on the rise, according to reports by several international news sites on Friday, April 27, 2012. These Asian tiger shrimps were referred to as “cannibal shrimps” because they reportedly feed on smaller shrimps that concerns researchers.

A report by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)say that the population of Asian tiger shrimps have grown 10 times more in 2011 compared to the numbers in 2010.

USGS biologist Pam Fuller exlained that these cannibal shrimps “are probably even more prevalent than reports suggest, because the more fisherman and other locals become accustomed to seeing them, the less likely they are to report them.”

Most of these cannibal shrimps were from Asian and Australian waters and they can grow up to 13 inches long.

NOAA marine ecologist James Morris raised the growing concern of researchers by stating that “Asian tiger shrimp represents yet another potential marine invader capable of altering fragile marine ecosystems.”

Morris said that an investigative study is underway to assess “the biology and ecology of this non-native species and attempts to predict impacts to economically and ecologically important species of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.”

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