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Freak rains bring prehistoric shrimps back to life in the Australian outback

Freak rains bring prehistoric shrimps back to life in the Australian outback

Freak rain in Australia’s outback has produced an outlandish sight: millions of shrimps wriggling across what are normally bone-dry deserts.

@thetimes: Freak rains bring prehistoric shrimps back to life in the Australian outback

Freak rain in Australia’s outback has produced an outlandish sight: millions of shrimps wriggling across what are normally bone-dry deserts.

The crustaceans, which can grow to 7.5cm (3in) long, are filling desert pools and puddles after rains that come once in every 50 years. They were so severe that Uluru, near Alice Springs, was closed to tourists and wide areas of the outback were flooded.

The shield shrimp, Triops australiensis – is a prehistoric marine creature with a remarkable life cycle that enables it to survive in some of the world’s harshest environments. Its eggs can endure for at least a decade without moisture, being blown across deserts or buried beneath them.

Michael Barritt, an expert on shield shrimps, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “These…

Freak rains bring prehistoric shrimps back to life in the Australian outback

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