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Colombian Biologist Claims World's Largest Shrimp: Almost 16 Inches

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CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Colombian biologist Edilberto Flechas has bought what he claims to be the largest shrimp ever seen. He bought the massive shrimp from a fisherman for the equivalent of $800.

"This is the biggest species ever known here or even in literature," said Flechas. "The size of this shrimp exceeds the average size. The average length is 21 centimeters and this one is 40 centimeters."

The Black Tiger shrimp is farmed everywhere in Asia, particularly in Thailand. It is not clear how this specimen ended up in Colombian waters.

The Black Tiger dominates the global shrimp market at 56% of the total world shrimp production.

Other main sources of global supply are Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Flechas is worried about the implications of the foreign shrimp's invasion of Colombian waters.

"The big difference, which could also be harmful for us, is that this species is a predator and it could end native species," he said.

Although Flechas received a lot of tempting purchase offers for his shrimp, he chose to keep it for further study.

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   comment# 1   - DEE DEE · CINCINNATI, USA · Nov 28, 2006 @ 4:36pm

   comment# 2   - justice · texas, USA · Feb 23, 2007 @ 6:39pm

its not a lobster, they have bigger claws shrimp have smaller ones. However there's probably some kind of contamination in the water that may be causing the shrimp to exceed its size or just evolution taking its course.
   comment# 3   - Robert M · Brooklyn NY · Jun 26, 2007 @ 5:09am

ALL I need now is melted butter(uhh waiter!)
   comment# 4   - Jeanine H · San Antonio TX · Aug 5, 2007 @ 9:11pm

Wow thats one biggggg shrimp!
   comment# 5   - Jordan · Oconomowoc Wisconsin · Jan 2, 2008 @ 3:48pm

   comment# 6   - rich · dick michigan · Jan 18, 2008 @ 9:39am

Who's ready to go fishing?
   comment# 7   - Joe · Saint Petersburg, FL · Mar 1, 2008 @ 9:37am

i need a lot of tarter sauce for that mobey shrimp
   comment# 8   - Oliver · potecasi NC · Mar 7, 2008 @ 3:46pm

wow man I think I found the one I was looking for all my life.
   comment# 9   - kenia · psl fl · Jun 3, 2008 @ 3:24pm

not even!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........
   comment# 10   - boo · illinois · Feb 18, 2009 @ 5:59pm

It is indeed a huge shrimp however at my uncle's shrimp farm we've gotten some 22-27 inchers sometimes in the past, it's no mutation/contamination it's probably a rather old specimen from an area where there's little to no human interaction as opossed to a farm, indeed this species is a predator and it could end local shrimp species but it's favlor is beyond compare and it's not that vulnerable to disease like others and for shrimp farming that's a very desired quality
   comment# 11   - JC · Ecuador · May 13, 2009 @ 10:42pm

a group of us went fishing in the forest swamps and rivers and we pulled a shrimp with very long tentacles shrimp was 7 inches in length legs and tentacles were over 12 inches it filled a water cooler top when displayed bright shiny blue shell and wierd never found another
   comment# 12   - sief · guyana · Oct 12, 2009 @ 7:29pm

"It is freakin huge," little jose said. I just want to turn it into Ceviche!!
   comment# 13   - Jose and litlle jose · phoenix az · Nov 30, 2009 @ 2:27pm

i think the shrimps we been caugh last 2008 in my province is more bigger than to that pictures, were unlucky because we just ignore how big it is and we dont have an idea that it might be become a record we jut eat the shrimps and cut in many part its wieghting 11.9 kilos and surely bigger than that pictures.
   comment# 14   - Ruschelle C. Poblete · Philippines · Jul 20, 2010 @ 7:09pm

Learn how to talk shrimp is for singular and plural pronunciation not shrimps dork cheese I suppose you eat Sheeps and deers too!!
   comment# 15   - Old dirt · Plymouth Wisconsin · Apr 1, 2012 @ 7:12pm

i love this
   comment# 16   - mom · la · Nov 21, 2013 @ 1:42pm

I am a fishermen and where I live that isn't even big. I have seen white shrimp bigger than that the biggest tiger shrimp I ever caught was around 23 to 25 inches he also tasted good too.
   comment# 17   - Clayton Mareno · Venice, Louisiana · Jul 22, 2014 @ 5:08pm

to all idiots shrimp don't have tentacles octopus do!
   comment# 18   - fredros · tacoma USA · Jan 26, 2015 @ 11:12pm
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