Scientists are worried about aÂ â€œkillerâ€ shrimp Dikerogammarus villosus that has been found in the waters off theÂ UK coast. The tiny crustaceans are not a direct danger to humans, but they are invasive and are a major problem for the United Kingdom's water ecosystems.
The shrimp eats a number of freshwater invertebrates including other shrimp, damselflies, small fish that are all common in the United Kingdom.Â "It tends to aggressively pursue its prey, often leaving it dead but uneaten. It is known to have caused the extinction of several other species in other areas, according to Epoch Times.
Scientists are devastated by the discovery. What exactly this means for the fishing industry off the coast is unknown, but it looks bad. How do they kill off this species of killer shrimp without harming the natural fish and their human counterparts is the problem at hand?
The killer shrimp are not native to the area, and it is unknown how they got there. It sounds like the plot of a bad science fiction movie, but it's all too real.