Project Description

This sparkling shrimp close-up (Pandalopsis lucidirimicola) shows the shrimp’s compound eyes that have panoramic vision and are very good at detecting movement.  Also the modified front legs, seen near the bottom of the photo, help with feeding.  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.