Sea Monkeys? In Nevada?

Sea Monkeys? In Nevada?

Red Rocks' tinaja (water pocket) fact #357: If you don't see Desert bighorn sheep drinking water from a tinaja, you might see myriad shrimp swishing around in there. The shrimp are related to the famous "sea monkeys" (also known as brine shrimp), and they can survive long periods without water. Their eggs, like the seeds of plants, are able to survive for years of drought, waiting in the dust until life-giving rain falls. "Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind!" Photo taken in NV's Red Rocks Calico Tanks area. (March 16, 2008) (Elevation = 1,524 meters)
on Jun 19, 2008 12:22 am
Image Type(s): Hiking,  Flora,  Informational,  Scenery,  Water
Image ID: 413655


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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jun 19, 2008 7:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Very nice lighting

And good information. Thanks for posting, Larry.

P.S. There are lots of sea monkeys in Nevada. They're the weekend visitors to Vegas from L.A.!


lcarreau - Jun 19, 2008 9:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice lighting

Right on, Bob! There's a song describing
how Arizona will SOMEDAY become "Ocean Front
Property." I hope it is soon, so I can do some
sea-kyacking and sail-boarding! Ya - hooooo!!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jun 19, 2008 8:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Fairy Shrimp

Great find Larry. It's a nice looking tank. I love days like that in Red Rocks with clouds around, yet still plenty of sunshine.

I remember seeing fairy shrimp a few years back in the pool on Bridge Mountain. Before that I had no idea they even lived in Red Rocks.


lcarreau - Jun 19, 2008 10:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Fairy Shrimp

Yes Anya .... clouds.

"I've looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down, and still somehow;
It's clouds illusions I recall.
I really don't know clouds at all."

Joni Mitchell - 1969

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Jun 20, 2008 12:25 am - Voted 10/10

Just gorgeous...

very very beautiful and well composed shot!! Hope all is well,



lcarreau - Jun 20, 2008 1:00 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Just gorgeous...

Waz up, Dan? I was just reading about

"Arizona boasts the largest number of
(species) of rattlesnakes in the
United States."

That's good information to know,
I guess. Have a nice weekend, Dan!!


Henryk - Jun 20, 2008 1:52 am - Voted 10/10

Congratulations !

Please accept my hearty Congratulations on your photo of the day. Greetings Henryk


lcarreau - Jun 20, 2008 8:59 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Congratulations !

~ blushing ~ Thank you!


Chaser - Jun 20, 2008 2:50 am - Voted 10/10

Love it

Great tinaja shot. I think the term for living long periods without water is anhydrobiosis "life without water". I have seen them (fairy shrimp) in Utah, amazing creatures, proof to the fact that life will find a way.


lcarreau - Jun 20, 2008 9:28 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Love it

Yup, there's a man who knows his
biology! Used to be several (trillions)
of fairy shrimp living in Mono Lake.
At least there was back in the 1990s,
the last time I went over Tioga Pass.
I still need to get up to Utah - time
is just zooming by. In the meantime,
life will always find a way. Thanks!!


lcarreau - Jun 20, 2008 9:05 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Love this one

Thanks and ... I shot it with my
brother's Kodak digital. The lighting
was really "funky" that day. It had
just snowed (a few inches) in the
mountains earlier in the day. The
sun was breaking out, but just enough
to give it a 'subdued' feeling. The
Mohave Desert is quite the place.


Nanuls - Jun 20, 2008 12:18 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice job!

Great shot Larry & congrats on photo of the day, very interesting info too. Have a great weekend!



lcarreau - Jun 20, 2008 12:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice job!

Thanks, Dan! Yes, I found the info
to be rather interesting. Take care!


eferesen - Jun 20, 2008 12:44 pm - Voted 10/10


That is a great shot!


lcarreau - Jun 20, 2008 1:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Sweet

Thank you! Things must be finally warming up in Flagstaff. I need to take my wife up to Lockett Meadows, and get a few more pics. Take care!!


eferesen - Jun 21, 2008 6:26 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Sweet

Hey there! Yeah it is getting hot here. I was out and hiked up Doyle Peak. It was a was a nice day. However Doyle Peak is boring to hike up. The saddle is great. Fremont next week.


fossana - Jun 20, 2008 1:14 pm - Voted 10/10


The colors and shapes are almost otherworldly. Great pic & info. thanks


lcarreau - Jun 20, 2008 1:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: surreal

Thank you! Hope you don't mind me
asking, but your ancestry? SE Asia,
by any chance? My wife was born in
the Philippines. Yes, I came across
this tank in the Red Rocks. I didn't
even know it was there!! Take care.


fossana - Jun 20, 2008 2:39 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: surreal

Good guess. I'm half Japanese (mom), half redneck ;) I get mistaken for various ethnicities.


lcarreau - Jun 21, 2008 4:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: surreal

I'm 3/4 redneck and 1/4 Canadian. :)

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