The weight of shrimp varies substantially, so the number of shrimp in a 3-ounce quantity can vary. Shrimp are sold by count, indicating how many shrimp equal 1 pound in weight. For example, "jumbo" shrimp may be 16 count, meaning each weighs 1 ounce.
"Large" shrimp are usually 31/40 count, which means 31 to 40 shrimp make up 1 pound. This means there are around two or three shrimp per ounce in weight, which would mean six to nine shrimp in a 3-ounce serving. In addition, shrimp lose some weight when peeled and cooked, so nine or more cooked, large shrimp may be needed to make up a 3-ounce serving.Learn More
The diet of a freshwater shrimp depends on the species, as the different species have different feeding requirements. Generally, shrimp are scavengers and eat nearly anything.Full Answer >
As of September 2014, the biggest shrimp ever caught was 18 inches long. It was caught in Florida waters near Fort Pierce by a fisherman named Steve Bargeron. Scientists identified the shrimp species as a mantis shrimp, which has bulging eyes that can move independently and can detect polarized light.Full Answer >
Like most crustaceans, shrimps are omnivores and consume both plant materials and small animals. They are not picky eaters and are considered as scavengers, ingesting anything that is small enough for them to eat, including decaying matter, mud, plankton, small fish and leftover food.Full Answer >
Shrimp have been known to live from 1 year to as long as over 20 years in captivity. According to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the life cycle varies based on geography and the species of shrimp.Full Answer >