Many of us remember gazing at the old sea monkey ads in the back of our childhood comic books wondering how great it would be to have a tiny civilization of creatures living, working and playing on our bedroom nightstand.
Some were fortunate enough to have mom and dad order the kits, but soon found out it was nothing spectacular.
In fact, “Sea monkeys” are just brine shrimp. Tiny prehistoric aquatic crustaceans. What makes sea monkeys unique is their eggs, which are cysts that can be stored for long periods of time and hatched shortly after added back to water.
For what it’s worth, today is National Sea Monkey Day, according to the National Day Calendar. Nobody knows how or why, but it is.