Spot Prawns

Spot Prawns are the largest shrimp on the west coast of North America. I stuck a ruler in the photograph at the left so you can see that these shrimp are no shrimps. They are over 8 inches (20 cm) long.

The Spot Prawn (Pandalus platyceros) have four white spots on the abdominal segments – you can see one of them in the photo near the top of the first segment. A few of these happen to have roe, also.

According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, “Spot prawns change sex as they grow. They spend the first part of their lives as males, then change into females.”

As with many of the aquatic species at the aquarium, they also make good eatin’.

One Reply to “Spot Prawns”

  1. I’ve heard of these things before. “Shrimp-Zilla”. If you want some
    excellent shrimp, get Gulf of Mexico jumbo shrimp from a New Orleans
    area seafood monger. They are tender, pale white in appearance, not
    as large as a prawn, and really delicious. They are more expensive,
    but it’s not something your eating everyday. Langenstein’s groc.
    in NO could probably Fedex you some.

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