Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ocean (Smooth) Pink Shrimp

Ocean pink shrimp are almost identical in size and coloration to the northern (rough) pink shrimp, but the spine is absent from the third tail segment.
Commercial shrimpers off the Washington coast harvest large numbers of this species.
Ocean pinks are also found in southern Puget Sound, through they are occasionally captured in northern Puget Sound too.

Northern (Rough) Pink Shrimp

The northern pink shrimp is less than six inches (15 cm) long, smaller
than the spot shrimp and the sidestripe shrimp.
It can be distinguished
from ocean pink shrimp by a small spine on the top of the third tail segment.
Northern pink shrimp are found primarily in the San Juan Islands,
Strait of Juan de Fuca, and in northern Puget Sound.