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Utah State Crustacean

Utah State Crustacean and FungusPorcini mushroom (left) and brine shrimp.

Utahns aren’t afraid to get off the beaten path when searching for creatures to promote as symbols. In fact, Utahns adopted a couple oddballs in 2023.

Utah became the first landlocked state to adopt an official crustacean other than the crayfish, awarding the prize to the brine shrimp. The tiny critters avoid predators by living in briny waters where other animals can’t survive. In Utah, they are at home in the salty waters of Great Salt Lake.

Brine shrimp are an important food source for birds. The shrimp in turn feed on algae.

Brine shrimp eggs or “cysts” are harvested for food for fish and commercially grown shrimp. The shrimp thus support a multi-million-dollar industry, with Utah providing 40% of the global demand for the hardy crustaceans.

Brine ShrimpNo, brine shrimp aren’t THAT kind of shrimp.
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