Monday, September 20, 2010
Giant Prawn Harvest Part One
"From the depths of Hell I strike at thee, human!"
Yesterday, I bit the bullet and harvested a few of my prawns for a taste test.
These guys are pretty fascinating.
They are so cool and with such amazing architecture. Just think of the DNA coding and cellular obedience that must take place for such a multifaceted creature to exist.
It's a bit mind boggling.
... they are predators too and would gladly consume me if I laid still in their tank for long enough, so all's fair ...
Still, after nurturing them from postlarvae, eating them was not a step to be taken lightly.
4 uropods separated by a telson.
Ahhh, ... symmetry.
In the end, I captured about 9 shrimp, 4 bigguns for the taste test (we were having tilapia so 4 was enough) and 5 for a return to the classroom tank.
They are a big hit back in the classroom.
The students have been amazed all day by the giant shrimp patrolling the post summer,empty tank in my room.
Alas, they are only seeing 4 of the intended 5 prawns ... they are quite the predators and only a small piece of #5 was left this morning in the "pen".
Some of the remaining smaller prawns in my RAS should now react to the loss of a bunch of alpha male blue claws by becoming that very thing themselves.
Bear was just a little curious about the live prawns when I took them inside.
This curiosity soon changed to crazed barking and leaping about, so his "nose to rostrum" time with a prawn was cut short.
Tomorrow ... a short prawny video, cooked prawns, and the final exam.