West Seattle wildlife: The Alki ‘shrimp’ that wasn’t

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Another peek at a world that’s all around us, yet so small it’s all but out of sight: Photographer Machel Spence explains her image:

I just had to share this because it’s pretty darn amazing! It’s a phantom shrimp I happened to come across down by the water; they are also called skeleton shrimps … this one was fairly small (1/2 an inch) but they can get up to 2 inches. She has a brood pouch too, which I personally have never actually seen with my own eyes (just in books). In the past, I have come across large colonies of these but they move around so much, they can be hard to photograph, but this beautiful girl just stayed completely still (pretty awesome moment!) It was on a piece of eelgrass down at Alki. They are not actually shrimps but amphipods.

(More info about them can be found here.)

11 Replies to "West Seattle wildlife: The Alki 'shrimp' that wasn't"

  • jwws February 25, 2012 (11:23 am)

    Great photo – almost looks like a Dr Seuss character

  • KD February 25, 2012 (11:40 am)

    Love the pose she is doing.., so lady like!

  • Marie M February 25, 2012 (11:49 am)

    What an amazing place we live in! Thank you for this photo and explanation.

  • coffee February 25, 2012 (12:32 pm)

    Wozers! that is cool!

  • resident3 February 25, 2012 (1:30 pm)

    Is that an eye and a mouth I see?

  • CJ February 25, 2012 (1:47 pm)

    Fascinating-thanks for sharing!

  • Karen (Old Desolate) February 25, 2012 (5:07 pm)

    Amazing find and great photo.

  • ILoveWestSeattle February 25, 2012 (6:08 pm)

    Cool–looks kinda like a preying mantis made out of tree sap or maple sugar.

  • Sonoma February 26, 2012 (12:15 am)

    Damn, she’s cute! A sea monkey with a Marge Simpson hairdo.

  • Bligs Mander February 26, 2012 (4:51 am)

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing !!

  • CanDo February 26, 2012 (7:30 am)

    Wow, that’s fascinating! I’ve never seen one before. It really does look like a Dr Seuss character and I’m going to pay more attention when I’m on the beach at Alki from now on.

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