Giant Shrimp Captured: Fisherman Caught Jumbo Shrimp In Florida

September 5, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Giant Shrimp Captured Pics

Giant shrimp captured in Florida and here are the photos to prove it. A fisherman has caught a giant shrimp measuring 18 inches long near Fort Pierce. Pictures of the giant shrimp were posted on The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Facebook page and they have gone viral. Scientists believe that the jumbo creature is a scaly-tailed mantis shrimp.

Giant shrimp captured by a Florida fisherman will make some hungry or angry.

A Florida fisherman will be feasting on pasta and shrimp, grilled shrimp or even jumbo shrimp scampi after making the catch of a lifetime.

Last night, a fisherman from the Sunshine State by the name of Steve Bargeron was sitting on Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County, hoping to reel in few fish.

That is when he spotted another fisherman hooking in a giant shrimp. Bargeron was so impressed by the huge shrimp that he asked the unnamed fisherman if he could take few pictures of it.

The mysterious fisherman accepted, and Bargeron snapped three photographs of the enormous shrimp and posted them on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s official Facebook page.

The pictures of the giant shrimp captured by nameless fisherman have gone viral with over 3000 Likes and hundreds of comments.

In the snapshots, the fisherman can be seen holding the shrimp by its tail like a lobster.

According to Bargeron, the jumbo creature measured at least 18 inches long. Experts who have seen the pictures believe that it is a scaly-tailed mantis shrimp, which is not really a shrimp but a crustacean or stomatopod.

The scaly-tailed mantis shrimp known as lysiosquilla scabricauda can grow 30 cm long (about 11 inches) or more and are mainly found in the Atlantic Ocean.

The mantis shrimp was most likely hunting for food when it was captured by the lucky fisherman on Thursday night. The giant shrimp captured by a Florida fisherman has many asking themselves, why aren’t they that lucky when they go fishing at night?

Few called it the Loch Ness monster, but others are not laughing at the story.

A handfull of animal lovers are blasting the fisherman by saying that if the mantis shrimp was able to survive in the ocean and get that big, why didn’t he do the responsible thing and throw it back in the water?

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  1. Necey says:

    Wow, why are people always complaining? why don’t he throw it back in the water? Well because he caught it and I assume he’s gonna eat it now that’s why.

    • kaya says:

      do people eat them, are they edable. They could have taken picture and let it go.

      • Alfie99999 says:

        Yes, mantis shrimp is edible and used in Asian, and Mediterranean cuisine.

        In Japanese cuisine, the mantis shrimp is eaten boiled as a sushi topping, and occasionally, raw as sashimi; and is called shako (蝦蛄).

        In Cantonese cuisine, the mantis shrimp is a popular dish known as “pissing shrimp” (攋尿蝦, Mandarin pinyin: lài niào xiā, modern Cantonese: laaih liu hā) because of their tendency to shoot a jet of water when picked up.

        In the Mediterranean countries the mantis shrimp Squilla mantis is a common seafood, especially on the Adriatic coasts (canocchia) and the Gulf of Cádiz (galera).

        In the Philippines, the mantis shrimp is known as tatampal, hipong-dapa or alupihang-dagat and is cooked and eaten like shrimp.

        So.. why let it go. Enjoy it because not often can you get 1 this fresh.

      • Derek says:

        If god didn’t intend for people to eat these, he wouldn’t have made them taste so good with melted butter and cocktail sauce.

  2. Lou Jahauski says:

    how do we know the man is not a midget and the shrimp is of normal stature?

  3. Bob says:

    Shut up and go eat your flowers

  4. shawnfs says:

    Its called natural selection.
    How many of you soft skin people complain when a dragonfly eats a mosquito, he may have a hungry kid at home or wants to get it mounted.
    Next time a mosquito or fly bites you don’t swat, it could be the oldest mosquito on you’re block.
    :b

  5. airbornebob says:

    It appears to be a shrimp that was prominent in the South China Sea when we were in the Vietnam War. the Vietnamese would go out in large woven basket boats and catch them and some were this size i.e. 12″-18″ or so. they were larger than the Australian lobsters.

  6. Selena says:

    Why throw it back? That is good eating!!

  7. don snyder says:

    umm delicious probably has a radioactive taste from japan

  8. Zerothe says:

    It survived and got that big so why doesn’t he throw it back. Are you f*cking kidding me. Go get involved in protesting the killing whales if that’s truely how you feel.

  9. gary says:

    I am a catch and release fisherman, and have only kept once in a lifetime catches. The idea of catch and release, is that you never kill a creature that is just a juvenile in it’s genome and has time yet to reproduce and keep the species thriving in it’s environment. To catch a very large specimen, does not harm it’s species reproductive future. (perhaps a giant like this could prove an aberration of dna that could change the course of the species,,,I don’t know. But it looks delicious to me! I could not resist unless someone could tell me about the possible future of creating a new species just like this. In which case I would have done what I could to keep it alive and reproduce, while dna testing reveals how to recreate this creature asap. I’m sure I could sell it for 2K per plate in Tokyo. These people are insane to kill all seafood species that are rare and endangered. So I would be happy to sell it to them as long as the world is accepting their totally unacceptable behavior. They will kill off the Whales and Tuna in short order and we don’t seem to care! Now they drag line our local fishing waters! I thought we had gained some control of these out of control selfish people in ww2? Yet just a flash in time per historic perspective they are back to their imperialistic selfish attitude! It took us two bouts with the Germans, have the Japanese not learned their lesson either?

  10. Myispheres says:

    save the whales eat the shrimp stop bitchin its food shrimp make em happy hope the dnr gives your record patch you earned for catching the big shrimp õ_õ

  11. Bev says:

    Let the fisherman do what he wants to do with the shrimp after all he caught it. I love sea food but in this case I would put the shrimp in an aquarium with the fisherman name and date on it so other people can see it. How often do people see a shrimp that size?

  12. Blake says:

    If you kill it, you eat it. Otherwise, let it go, but he plans on eating it. When did society become so weak. If you eat a hamburger, it comes from a cow, so that quite is quite a bit bigger than a big shrimp. Then by that logic, let all the cows and steers out to roam and we would be meat free. Hells no. I’m cooking a steak for the Bears game. I wish I had a massive shrimp on the grill, but I don’t. Go Bears. Packers suck.

  13. Mak says:

    Maybe he was gonna feed the hungry with it…if I was his neighbor, I’d be hungry!!!


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