National Sea Monkey Day 2017

May 16, 2017 in the USA

National Sea Monkey Day is observed on May 16, 2017. Sea-Monkeys is a brand name for brine shrimp - a group of crustaceans that undergo cryptobiosis - often sold in hatching kits as novelty aquarium pets. Invented in 1957 by Harold von Braunhut, the product was heavily marketed, especially in comic books, and remains a presence in popular culture. Initially called "Instant Life", von Braunhut changed the name to "Sea-Monkeys" in 1962. This was based on the supposed resemblance of the animals' tails to those of monkeys, and their salt-water habitat. The product was intensively marketed in comic books.

The colony is started by adding the contents of a packet labelled "Water Purifier" to a tank of water. This packet contains salt and some brine shrimp eggs. After 24 hours, this is augmented with the contents of a packet labelled "Instant Life Eggs", containing eggs, yeast, borax, soda, salt, and sometimes a dye. The animals which hatched from the eggs over the previous day seem to appear instantly. "Growth Food", containing yeast and spirulina is then added every few days. (With material from: Wikipedia)

Where is the event?
Nationwide
USA

When is the event?
Tuesday, the 16th of May 2017
Only 162 days left!

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Two Sea Monkeys in the water.
Two Sea Monkeys in the water.
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