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black-and-white striped Asian tiger shrimp

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A variety of shrimp than can weigh as much as half a pound has turned up in South Carolina waterways, and no one knows how they got there.The black-and-white striped Asian tiger shrimp can grow as large as small lobsters and weigh four times as much as a medium-sized shrimp.Officials at the state Department of Natural Resources said they’re not sure how the jumbo shrimp got here. Agency marine biologist David Knott said that no one in the country is known to be cultivating them.

According to, in recent weeks, three have been caught in local waters off Hilton Head and Fripp islands. Two others were caught in the Charleston area.Asian tiger shrimp are native to Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Australia.


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