Rare Sparkling Shrimp Sighting

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WOW – I was surprised when I spotted this gem on a dive!  This was the first sighting I’ve had of a sparkling shrimp (Pandalopsis lucidirimicola) and what a colourful critter.  This shrimp is known to hide in crevices and is difficult to find.  It was only recently discovered in the 1990’s by a Vancouver Aquarium dive team led by Danny Kent.  The sparking shrimp can grow to 2 inches (5 cm) long, with a range from central BC to northern Washington.