FREQUENTLY ASKED GENERAL SEA MONKEY QUESTIONS

Q. What exactly are Sea-Monkeys®? A. From the Official Sea-Monkey® Handbook: Sea-Monkeys® are a variety of Artemia which are crustaceans such as Brine Shrimp or Seed Shrimps. Their correct Latin name is Artemia nyos (“after the New York Ocean Science Laboratories where the hybrid Sea-Monkeys were developed.”)
Q. How do they keep the Sea-Monkeys® in the little package for so long yet they DON’T DIE??? A. Once again, from the Official Sea-Monkey® Handbook: A true MIRACLE of nature, Sea-Monkeys® actually exist in SUSPENDED ANIMATION! While inside their tiny eggs – yet unborn, they burn the “spark of life” for many YEARS! The Instant-Life® crystals in which the eggs are enclosed, preserve their viability and help to extend still further – their unhatched life span!…The name scientists have given this amazing rare process is “cryptobiosis” which means “hidden life”.
Q. Why are they called Sea-Monkeys® when, in fact, they’re still brine shrimp? A. Ah, the most frequently asked question. Remember, they are not really brine shrimp – see above. As you will notice they are closely related to the brine shrimp but are not, in fact, brine shrimp. As for the name, that is a closely guarded secret and I would have to kill you if I told you. (In all actuality they are called Sea Monkeys because they have tails, but that’s just not as funny, is it?)
Q. Are there any countries that would prosecute me for owning Sea-Monkeys®? A. As a matter of fact, even Australia allows Sea-Monkeys® and they are “among the strictest countries in the world” when it comes to importing animals. You may wish to check your local mental health laws for further information.
Q. Are Sea-Monkeys® harmful to animals native to my community? A. No, they are benign at best – although their political perspectives may annoy your more conservative pets. The animals native to your community could be a threat to your Sea Monkeys, though. Do not add a goldfish to the tank to keep them company, or you will see the Sea Monkeys used as fish food!
Q. Do Sea-Monkeys® have any unique characteristics that I could tell my friends, to amaze them? A. Why yes, I am glad you asked. The Official Sea-Monkey® Handbook notes that Sea-Monkeys® have one eye when they are born and eventually they grow two more eyes making them “THREE EYED freak(s) of nature”. In addition, they breathe through their feet!
Q. What are the benefits of owning Sea-Monkeys®? A. Many professionals believe that fish and other marine animals make people feel calmer! If you bring your Sea-Monkeys® to the office this might just help you with your busy day! In addition, imagine the looks your friends will give you when they see your Amazing Sea-Monkey® friends swimming about in their tank in your room. They will feel calmer around the Sea-Monkeys® although they may feel some jitteriness around you, but that’s only natural as you are not a sea-going animal.
Q. Really, they are just brine shrimp. Why would I spend $10.00 on brine shrimp? A. Well, they have three eyes, they breathe through their feet, and they have a replacement guarantee
Q. I have recently dug up the 3 packets of stuff needed to create sea monkeys, that I got when I was about 5. Do I need any special container, or spoon, like it says? Can I go to Toys R Us to get the stuff or do I have to write off to Transcience? I am at a loss as to what to do, cos’ I can’t find the box. Can you tell me what I need and where to get it? A. No, you don’t need any special items, you can use a clean 12 oz jar for their home. In addition, you can just use your fingers to give them a pinch of food every now and then. Here are the instructions to create Sea Monkeys.
1. Add 12 oz of water to your jar and then stir in the packet #1 – Water Purifier. Mix it up until it has dissolved. Leave it uncovered in a safe location.
2. Wait a minimum of 24 hours or a maximum of 36 hours prior to adding the packet #2 – Instant Life. Then mix these in until they dissolve also.
3. Aerate the water every day after their birth (for at least one week and continue this every once in a while) by either swishing the water back and forth between the jar and a clean container or by blowing bubbles into the tank with a straw (remember what you used to do with milk as a kid…same concept). This will give them ample oxygen to live.
4. Feed them once per week just a pinch of food.
Please note that the Sea Monkeys can last forever in their little packets so you shouldn’ t have any problems with their birth.
Q. What are sea monkeys made out of (chemical composition or basic materials)? A. Sea Monkeys are actual brine shrimp that have been “locked away in time” through a process of “cryptobiosis”. This is a natural occurrence in some crustaceans and Sea Monkeys, in addition to Fairy Shrimp, Brine Shrimp, and Daphnia, are able to seal themselves away in their eggs until they are ready to be born. So, in fact, they are not vegetable or mineral but are, indeed, animals. They are a variety of the Artemia family which are called “Artemia Nyos” (NYOS being an acronym for the New York Ocean Science Laboratories where the Sea Monkeys were created).
Q. When they become adults their tail sticks up are they swimming up side down or are their tails messed up? A. In fact the Sea Monkey® is not messed up. You see, Sea Monkeys breathe through their feet and perhaps they are trying to get more oxygen to their little respiratory systems! I have not noticed this in my own tank and I suspect that you have some of the dreaded mutant Sea Monkeys. The “dreaded mutant Sea Monkeys” generally grow to enormous proportions and eat people. I would try to talk to your Sea Monkeys in an attempt to keep their murderous rage from getting out of hand. Perhaps you could show them pictures of Sea Monkeys swimming about merrily, right side up, and they will modify this disturbing behaviour. If this doesn’t work I would seek out a reporter from the Weekly World News because I see a scary headline coming up if something isn’t done. I hope this helps you with your dilemma. (Or, you could just have their heads and tails mixed up…but that isn’t too interesting, is it?)
Q. I was wondering what the proper terminology is for a group of sea monkeys. I’ve heard colony, but I was wondering if there wasn’t another word- you know like birds are a flock, buffaloes come in herds. A. The sea-farers of old called Sea Monkeys a “squall” because hoards of Sea Monkeys would sneak up on their boats so quickly that one would think that they were being submerged by a sea storm. My father, a sea-farer of old, told me about his first trip out into the Atlantic. “Susan” he began “we were about 20 miles from the English coast when it hit us. Yes, the dreaded squall of Sea Monkeys. They came upon us…there must have been almost a million of them…making their death sound – which sounds a lot like a bunch of people going ‘eeek eeek eeek but there were no people around. Burt, the first mate, looked over the side of the boat and yelled ‘a squall’s a’comin’ up’ and we all hid in the cargo bay of the ship. By the time the squall was over there were no men alive on the deck. The bodies were covered in brine shrimp almost two inches thick. Some continued to flail about on the deck and those men still alive wished they were dead as they cleaned up the mess. The dreaded Sea Monkeys had killed them all”. My father tends to rant and rave as he gets older and, much like his daughter, he does enjoy an audience but I believe his story as much as I believe that I am Sea Monkey obsessed. Non sea faring types tend to call a group of Sea Monkeys a kingdom of Sea Monkeys. If you think about it this starts to make sense. They have those little crowns, they dance about in castles, they call each other “sire”. You can choose your own phrase if you wish.
Q. I like your sea monkey picture. Can you tell me how you know they look like that? A. I must give credit when credit is due. I did not create any of these pictures as I am completely hopeless when it comes to any sort of visual art – most of these pictures were created by a variety of people, including the creators and distributors of Sea Monkeys. I am not sure how they came up with the images but I suspect that they noted their appearance the way the rest of us have; through careful study of the Sea Monkey® form. If you have a good tank you can just watch the Sea Monkeys® to observe their form! Or just look at the package they come in!
Q. I have a question. I have a friend who thinks Sea Monkeys are real and I was wondering where I could find information to prove/disprove what she says. A. AND YOU DOUBT THE EXISTENCE OF SEA MONKEYS? I am deeply saddened by your doubt in Sea Monkey existence! Sea Monkeys are as real as the Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster, and alien invasions – oops, poor examples there…I mean, they are as real as you and I are. They are difficult to see but they are there. Many things are difficult to see – quarks, mini particles of sand, why anyone would call a psychic line (you get the idea) – but we still believe in them. I am saddened that the youth of today lack such faith. My page alone should remove any doubt from your mind as to the existence of our aquatic pals. You can see the JPEG on the multi-media page – that is my very own Sea Monkey tank! In addition, I would be pleased to send you updated pictures of my Sea Monkey tank in all its glory if this would help you to believe! They do exist…..all you have to do is believe. Sea Monkeys are a state of mind…they are an existential experience that everyone should share prior to their own self-actualization. They exist….so there.
Q. One of my sea monkeys has a thread-like “tail” coming out his (it might be a her, I can’t tell) rear. It’s the only one that has a tail, so I’m guessing it’s a mutation. A. This is Sea Monkey excrement, which you will notice in abundance when you feed them.
Q. I noticed three little bodies at the bottom of my Micro-Vue Ocean Zoo last week. They were kind of dark coloured. Are these dead Sea-Monkeys or just the moulted shells? What do dead Sea-Monkeys look like? A. Sea Monkeys do moult their shells but, in short, what you are seeing are dead little Sea Monkeys. The shells are generally transparent/white in colour and eventually turn into the “gunk” you see on the bottom of your tank. They will do this up to seven times during their lifetimes. If you see a body with a black streak in them, this is a Sea Monkey (the black streak in their bodies indicate that they have food in their digestive system). Dead Sea Monkeys look live Sea Monkeys that are not moving. They eventually decay but I am not going into this here – it is just too gross.
Q. Are Sea Monkeys a type of Plankton? A. A good question but unfortunately the answer is no. Sea Monkeys are, in fact, a form of brine shrimp, genetically altered to live longer and grow larger. Plankton is generally a unicellular animal and Sea Monkeys are definitely multi-cellular. I hope this answers your question.