The most familiar species is Artemia salinas
which is often raised as food for fish and sometimes
as a pet. The eggs of this species are often included in toy science kits.
A commercially bred version of this species, known as
Artemia NYOS is sold widely as a pet.
This is the creature that appears in the infamous
"Sea Monkeys" ads showing caricatures that have little resemblance to
actual shrimp and are shown engaging in activities that shrimp are not capable of. As fascinating as these animals are, they can't
possibly live up to the hype and very few youngsters who ordered "Sea Monkeys" were not disappointed when
they found out what they really are. In this sense the ads were very educational, it taught kids about
hype and deception. It should be pointed out that more recent ads contain disclaimers and often show
photos or realistic drawings of what the shrimp really look like, but that wasn't the case in the early
days. To see what I mean, look at some comics from the 60s
or view this ad online and ask
yourself what you would have thought you were getting if you were a kid ordering from one of those ads!