National Sea Monkey Day

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When Celebrated

Always on May 16th


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About the Holiday

National Sea Monkey Day celebrates these tiny aquatic creatures that are not monkeys at all but rather a type of brine shrimp. Their eggs can stay alive for a long time in dry soil and come to life when placed in water. "The name scientists have given the amazing and rare process is "Crytobiosis" which means "hidden" life." according to They became a popular gift beginning in the 1960s. They are inexpensive and easy to care for. Sea monkeys breath through their feet, have three eyes (only one when they are born), and can live for up to two years.

Gift Guidelines

  • Sea Monkey kit
  • Grilled, Fried, or Broiled Shrimp
  • Shrimp Fajitas or Tacos

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