Sea Monkeys

sea-monkeys

Last year for Christmas, I bought my son some sea monkeys. They apparently come in a sealed package as eggs that are dormant when dry. They come to life when you add water. It’s kind of frieky if you think about it, that a sealed package that sits in a store for years can have something that springs to life inside of it.

This reminds me of the bean seeds in King Tut’s tomb, which after thousands of years, sprouted into living plants. But to me, seeds of plants are different than animal eggs.

The package comes with a container and water purifier package (powder), which you just dump into the water and stir with a spoon. You wait 24 hours before putting the sea monkeys into the container. Don’t feed the sea monkeys for five days. After this time has passed, you add a pellet of food per day into the container. We never ran out of pellets that were included in the package. The sea monkeys grew to maturity and swam around.

Sea monkeys are brine shrimp, by the way, which are crustaceans. It’s fun to raise sea monkeys when you are studying underwater sea creatures.

We filmed our entire experience with these sea monkeys, from the time we opened the package, to when they sprang to life, to when they grew up, to when they mated and had eggs of their own that hatched. Yes, all of this was caught on film, ladies and gentlemen, and I edited the video to 3 minutes:

If you want to use my Amazon affiliate link to buy the exact same kit we did, here it is.

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8 Responses to “Sea Monkeys”

  1. Sarah says:

    That’s really neat! At first I thought you meant the little foam creatures that grow out of a plastic capsule… but that’s way cooler!

  2. What a cool science project and I learned something too. I didn’t know sea monkeys were brine shrimp. Love the video idea. It’s a great way to teach kiddos to research and document their work in a creative way.

  3. Shasheta says:

    wow, it so cool to get something in a container and have it turn into a living thing 🙂

  4. Amazed! ♥ says:

    Wow it is so cool that tiny little eggs just magically pop alive when you put them in water! ☺

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