Utah…The Sea Monkey State?

The Sea Monkey State

The state of Utah is located in the western part of the United States of America. Even though it is most well-known for being the Mormon state due to the unusually large amount of Mormons who call the state home, the state does have other attributes that many may find interesting. One of these is the Great Salt Lake.

The Great Salt Lake is located in the southern part of the state, and is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. Some of the most popular things to do on the lake is swimming, sunbathing, boating, and water skiing. One activity that isn’t popular at this lake however is fishing.

At most lakes in the country, fishing is one of the most popular activities that people like to engage in. This isn’t the case with the Great Salt Lake. Because of its unusually high salt content or salinity, most parts of the lake are uninhabitable to fish. Naturally, because there are no fish present, no one fishes on the lake.

But there is one form of sea life that is abundant in the lake. That is brine shrimp. Back in the 60s and early 70s, a neat little product that was quite popular with children was called Sea Monkeys. What these Sea Monkeys actually are is brine shrimp. They are still available today, but are not nearly as popular as they were back then.

The Great Salt Lake is one of the main sources of brine shrimp in the world today, and is primarily used as fish food, especially in Asian countries. It was also the main source of those Sea Monkeys that were once so popular.

Most everyone is familiar with the relationship between Utah and Mormons, but as you can see from this article, there are other interesting aspects about Utah that many people do not know. The next time the state of Utah comes up in discussions, you now have an interesting factoid to share.