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Eight Shrimp Videos

Let Me Entertain You

 

Shrimp News: I view dozens of shrimp videos every month, rejecting most of them after a few seconds because of bad sound, video or subject matter.  Every now and then, however, I come across a real gem, so I stash its link away in a folder.  In no special order, here are the eight best videos from that folder.  All of them are high definition, with good sound and camera work.  Most of them come with text and a video window, so you might have to scroll down to find the video window.  Click on the right-pointing arrow in the middle of the videos to start the action.  Other videos might begin with a short advertisement.  Click on “Skip Ad” when given that opportunity.

 

#1. The Largest Shrimp Farm in the World

About 20 seconds.  The farm is located in Sumatra, Indonesia.  You might have to click on the second picture on the page to see the right-facing arrow that starts the video.  The video was shot from a drone; I guarantee you’ll be impressed.

#2. How to Make Sushi from Giant Tiger Shrimp

Five minutes.  Click on “Skip Ad” to get to the video.  Then the shrimp stuff starts after 30 seconds.  In Japanese and English with English subtitles.  The techniques shown will work on all species of shrimp.  Slow moving, but educational.

 

#3. Alaskan Sidestripe Shrimp

Eleven minutes.  This video demonstrates how to cook and eat an entire shrimp, including legs, heads and shells.  All the shrimp (Pandalopsis dispar) in the video have dark green eggs attached to the underside of their shells.  That’s because sidestripe shrimp are hermaphrodites: They spend the first two years of their life as males, and then they morph into females to produce young.  The roe shouldn’t be discarded.  It has a mild flavor and provides a great textural experience.

#4. How to Cook, Peel and Devein Shrimp Like a Pro

About 2 minutes.  Starts with a discussion on preparing the water for boiling the shrimp.

 

#5. The Hidden Ingredient That Makes Your Shrimp More Expensive

About a minute.  When it comes to purchasing raw shrimp, you may be paying for a lot of water.  When shrimp are cleaned and processed, some companies opt to treat them with salt or sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) to help them retain water.  This makes them whiter, plumper and more attractive to the buyer.  It also makes them significantly heavier, resulting in more profit for seafood companies.  Shrimp usually contain about 77 percent water, but when treated with STPP, they contain over 90 percent water.

#6. Count the Legs, That’s Why We Call Them Decapods

About a minute.  Scroll down the page to the second picture and click on the right-pointing arrow.  This is the first time that researchers have videoed a living shrimp of the Stylodactylidae family.  At a depth of 4,826 meters in the Marianas Trench, it appears to be using the “hairs” (setae) on its legs to filter food from the water.  Scientists believe the specimen belongs to the species Bathystylodactylus bathyalis.

#7. Before There Were Brine Shrimp, There Were “Sea Monkeys”

Seventeen minutes, animation, pictures and film.  This video tells history of brine shrimp (Artemia) as a toy or pet for kids, called “Sea Monkeys”.  The secret to their commercial success was unrelenting marketing in comic books.  Adults though the ads were silly, but kids bought billions of Sea Monkeys from the ads.

#8. How Not to Add Weight to Your Shrimp

Twenty seconds, English subtitles.  Stomach-churning video shows workers injected jelly into the heads, bodies and tails of live shrimp to make them heavier.

 

Source: Eight Shrimp Videos/Let Me Entertain You.  Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, February 11, 2017.

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