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Monyet Laut / Sea Monkeys

Hai adik-adik. Kali ini Kak Anna nak memperkenalkan kepada adik-adik, haiwan peliharaan terbaru akak. Namanya Sea Monkeys! Haaa? Monyet Laut? Apa nyah? Okay, okay.. meh sini akak tiru dan tampal.
Sea-Monkeys® are a unique type of brine shrimp, known by the scientific name of Artemia NYOS. We not only unlocked the most elusive secrets of their life cycle, we created new formulas to keep them alive under conditions found in the average home - an accomplishment never before achieved! Finally, after years of cross-breeding, we developed a hybrid. These amazing new hybrids grow larger and live longer than any "natural" variety of brine shrimp. 
I've actually had Sea Monkeys a couple of times throughout my life. And thought that it would be interesting to have them again and share them with Luqman. Kinda like his first pet. Katanya, these guys can live up to two years. Well, mine never really lasted that long, so let's just see how long these ones will last.

This is the set we bought:

Got this one for RM95 at the toy department at AEON, Midvalley Megamall. You can actually find different sets at Toys R Us. But we don't have too many options in Malaysia. The cheaper option costs about RM35 which only includes the sachets without the aquarium, so you just use your own container.

These guys, are actually living creatures. Instant pets. They come as eggs in powder form, all you have to do is add water. So how do they survive in those packets? This is what makes them amazing. They go through something called Cryptobiosis. So their eggs can survive even in dry conditions. Very alienish. Cool huh?


Here's a photo of the aquarium filled with water, here I already added the water purifier and the eggs. Sepatutnya tunggu 24 jam, tapi sebab tak sabar punya pasal, right after the water purifier I terus added the eggs. I used uh, osmosis drinking water instead of tap water.

Anyhoots, I was rather doubtful that they would hatch, but surprise surprise 3 days later I see these guys swimming about. It's been about 11 days. Last night managed to capture a photo of one of them using my phone.


Tak nampak macam monyet pon. They are named Sea Monkeys because of their long tail like a monkey. Hehe. Think it'd be creepy if these fellas looked like actual monkeys though. Here's a better photo courtesy of le internet.


And I did capture a video as well, using my phone. The quality is rather crappy:


Edited using Magisto for Android. So there you can see 'em swimming around. There's more than 15 of these guys. Now, here's a better quality video and a close up of them by someone else. Not the prettiest of pets though. But still veghy integhesting. 


So any of you had Sea Monkeys before? Pada pendapat saya, korang kena ada menatang ni sekali dalam seumur hidup. Cepat pi Toys R Us. Ingat Maggi je ke boleh instant? Menatang pon boleh juganya pun. If you do happen to get these, selamat bergembira dan mungkin kita boleh buat Persatuan Pemilik Sea Monkeys Malaysia. Jyeah. 

{ANNA}
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