A Giant Cannibal Shrimp known as Asian Tiger Shrimp is invading the Southern U.S. and Gulf of Mexico coastal area, the Geological Survey stated that the shrimp-eating shrimp have been growing in numbers in the past few years and they now become a problem, according to reports of several international news sites on Monday, April 30, 2012.
Report says that Giant Cannibal Shrimp are native to the waters around Asia and Australia. U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said that numbers of Asian Tiger Shrimp has increased 10 times in the last year survey.
Most of Asian Tiger Shrimps are weigh more or less a quarter of a pound and can grow up to 13 inches long.
James A. Morris a Marine ecologist quoted, the increase “is the first indication that we may be undergoing a true invasion of Asian tiger shrimp.” The tiger prawn “are cannibalistic as are other shrimp, but it’s larger so it can consume the others.”
USGS officials are now continuing the research on Asian Tiger Shrimp, what exactly they are up to or eating in American coastal water and how they got there, the authority looking for the possibilities include breeding in the local waters or being carried to the area by currents.