Bloody Red Shrimp, the Great Lakes Invador By Victoria Mnatsakanyan

This is the classification of the Bloody Red Shrimp

The Bloody Red Shrimp have many behavioral and structural adaptations.

Some of the behavioural characteristics are the Bloody Red Shrimp move quickly when disturbed, travel in reddish swarms and stay together and their life span is 9 months but they grow to adults in just 45 days! Some of the structural characteristics of the Bloody Red Shrimp are females are actually slightly larger than males, the shrimp can be ivory-yellow in colour and they have 8 pairs of legs to move around quickly on land and water.

On the left, you see a photo of the Bloody Red Shrimp's natural habitat, the Caspian sea region of Eastern Europe just like the Zebra Mussels. On the right, you see a photo of where the Bloody Red Shrimp invades which is all of the Great Lakes except for Lake Superior. Bloody Red shrimp like areas where there are hard structures and rocky bottoms, no sunlight, water depths to 50 meters and slow moving waters.
The Bloody Red Shrimp invade areas through ballast water which is water at the bottom of the boat used for balance. It does that by going in to the water and accidentally getting put in a boat by humans usually from ocean going ships near the Great Lakes.
The shrimp invades canals ( photo on the left ), streams, lakes and rivers through Europe. Bloody Red Shrimp disrupted a food chain in the Great Lakes because of zooplankton ( photo on the right ). Zooplankton is an important food source for many young fish and a critical part of the ecosystem. Because of the Bloody Red Shrimp, many fish are dying because they don't have enough food. But, there is one upside to these shrimp. They are a food source for some fish in the Great Lakes region.
There are ways you can stop Bloody Red Shrimp from spreading. First of all, remove any plants, mud and fish before transporting equipment, NEVER release plants or animals into water and if you see the Bloody Red Shrimp, you can call the Invasive Species Hotline or go to Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program.

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