Food Chain

What Eats Shrimps?

What Eats Shrimp—And Who Eats Shrimps? Photo:Rafael Ortega Diaz

What eats shrimps?

What does a shrimps eat?

A better question might be, what doesn’t eat shrimps? There are many different species, or kinds, of shrimp, from relatively sizable marine shrimp to tiny fairy shrimp that live in freshwater vernal pools, which dry up in summer. Most shrimps are small and most shrimps are tasty, so shrimps have a lot of predators, or natural enemies, which is what we call creatures that feed on another creature.

The shrimps predators include many kinds of fish and many kinds of birds. In fact, flamingos have a bill that is specially shaped just for scooping up shrimps—and they eat so many shrimp that a chemical in the shrimps bodies makes the flamingos’ feathers turn pink!

Fairy shrimps, for their part, are eaten by a variety of larger creatures, including insects and insect larvae.

Other natural enemies of saltwater shrimps are octopi, squid and cuttlefish.

Of course, people like to eat shrimps too. I like to dip mine in cocktail sauce!

As for what a shrimps eats: They eat plant material and a variety of tiny sea creatures.

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.
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