Japanese shrimp finds its way to Falmouth waters after hitching a ride

Picture: Hans Hillewaert

Picture: Hans Hillewaert

First published in Cornwall

Anyone looking for a fun summer holiday activity should head down to the Falmouth coastline for a spot of rock-pooling following an influx of foreign shrimps.

Joy Thomas, formerly of Penryn now living at Stithians, contacted the Packet to say she had found a “blood red” shrimp with her grandchildren while on Brean Beach between Helford and Maenporth.

Around one and quarter inches long, the Japanese Skeleton Shrimp, or Caprella Mutica to give its proper name, has a straight back rather than curved like a British shrimp.

After contacting Falmouth Harbour Commissioners she discovered the organisation is logging the findings of this shrimp, which had found its way to UK waters.

Native to the subarctic regions of the Sea of Japan in northwestern Asia, they are thought to have spread into other parts of the world through accidental introductions from the hulls or ballast water of international maritime traffic, aquaculture equipment, and shipments of the Pacific oyster.

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The interactive installation Consequential Spaces explores the very theme of marine life transported in ship's ballast - come and see it as part of the Fascinate Showcase at the Methodist Church (1st Floor Hall) on The Moor, 28-30 August. FREE ENTRY.

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The Fascinate Showcase - running alongside the 2014 Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta - showcases the digital art and performances of leading regional, national and international artists. Don't miss installations & performances also in Jago's Bar, The Poly, Falmouth Gallery and Gyllyngdune Gardens. The Fascinate stage on the Moor will showcase amazing digital performances every night (28-30 August) with projections onto surrounding buildings as never before seen in Falmouth!
The interactive installation Consequential Spaces explores the very theme of marine life transported in ship's ballast - come and see it as part of the Fascinate Showcase at the Methodist Church (1st Floor Hall) on The Moor, 28-30 August. FREE ENTRY. tinyurl.com/fascinat eshowcase www.fascinateconfere nce.com/showcase The Fascinate Showcase - running alongside the 2014 Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta - showcases the digital art and performances of leading regional, national and international artists. Don't miss installations & performances also in Jago's Bar, The Poly, Falmouth Gallery and Gyllyngdune Gardens. The Fascinate stage on the Moor will showcase amazing digital performances every night (28-30 August) with projections onto surrounding buildings as never before seen in Falmouth! Fascinate
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