Rare Crustacean Caught In Fort Pierce

By  //  September 4, 2014

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FWC BELIEVES CRUSTACEAN COULD BE A STOMATOPOD

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Scientists think this crustacean may be some type of mantis shrimp (which are actually not related to shrimp, but are a type of crustacean called a stomatopod), and continue to review the photos to identify the species. (Steve Bargeron and FWC image)

FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA — Steve Bargeron was fishing from a dock in Fort Pierce as he watched a fellow fisherman pull this creature out of the water.

Bargeron said the massive thing was about 18 inches long and striking its own tail, so he grabbed it by its back like a lobster.

Scientists think it may be some type of mantis shrimp (which are actually not related to shrimp, but are a type of crustacean called a stomatopod), and continue to review the photos to identify the species.

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(Photos of the crustacean are courtesy of Steve Bargeron and FWC)

(Photos of the crustacean are courtesy of Steve Bargeron and FWC)


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