National Sea Monkey Day - May 16
Thu, May 16, 2024

National Sea Monkey Day

National Sea Monkey Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to these little aquarium creatures. They are essentially a type of shrimp that are used as aquarium pets. They are a great alternative to such popular fish! The holiday is celebrated on May 16.


The history of National Sea Monkey Day can be traced back to 1957, when Harold von Braunhut saw shrimps with the biological name Artemia Salina in a pet store. He liked them very much, and the idea of making them into excellent aquarium pets was born in his mind. He turned to biologist E. D’Agostino, who was able to develop a special nutrient mixture that allows shrimp to develop in aquarium conditions.

Since the 1960s of the 20th century, these aquarium animals became very popular. You could find on sale complete kits that included a nutrient mix, a breeding tank and the eggs of the shrimp themselves.

Interesting facts

  • These shrimps get their name because of their resemblance in shape to the tail of a monkey.
  • Sea monkeys have become a significant part of American culture. They can be found in such cartoon series as “South Park” and “The Simpsons.
  • Today sea monkeys are sold in special packages. It contains the eggs of these creatures, which should be placed in an aquarium and supported their nutrition by adding a special mixture. They will begin to grow and develop, pleasing to the eye.

How to celebrate

Explore detailed information about these shrimp. If you would like to get aquarium pets, consider sea monkeys for their role. Full instructions on how to raise and care for them can be found online.

Share the holiday post on social media. Ask users what they think of these aquarium pets?

When is National Sea Monkey Day celebrated in 2024?

National Sea Monkey Day is observed on May 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday May 16 2024
Friday May 16 2025

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