Today is National Sea Monkey Day. This is a holiday I will NOT be celebrating for reasons I’ll mention later.
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But first, for those who aren’t familiar with Sea Monkeys, they are actually a breed of tiny brine shrimp. They’re sold in egg form together with a whole packet that contains food and chemicals for the tiny tank you need to house them. They were first marketed by Harold von Braunhut in 1957 under the name “Instant Life.” He changed the name in 1962 to “Sea Monkeys” because their movements looked like the playful behavior of monkeys. At least that’s his story. I think he changed the name because “Sea Monkeys” sounds a lot more interesting than “Instant Life.”
Anyway, all of the websites I checked on raising Sea Monkeys claim that caring for Sea Monkeys is easy. All they supposedly need is water, the special food that’s sold for them and the chemicals in the purifier and packets that are part of the Sea Monkey package. They say you can keep a Sea Monkey colony going for up to 2 years since the first group you hatch will lay eggs and continue to proliferate.
In my experience the above paragraph is a bunch of marketing babble. I received a Sea Monkey kit for my birthday when I was in my teens. My friends know how I LOVE monkeys, so the idea of having pets that at least had the name “monkey” was a real thrill for me. I followed the directions that came with the kit absolutely precisely, setting up the tank with the water and the exact amount of chemicals specified. Then I dumped in my eggs. Sure enough, within a day or two I had all these teeny little critters swimming happily around. Then they started to die off. Each morning and evening I would find a few of them floating along the top of the tank, gone to Sea Monkey Heaven. I found a page in the instruction booklet on how to deal with problems. I did everything it suggested but within a week I had an empty tank.
And that’s why I won’t be celebrating Sea Monkey Day today.
Stretch just shook his head at me when I told him my sad Sea Monkey story. He said humans spend too much time grousing about past failures and not enough enjoying the fun that’s available for them right now.
He said I should forget about the Sea Monkeys and instead celebrate the other holiday today, “Love a Tree.” He bragged about the awesome trees he has in his expanding arboretum thanks to his friend Judy. So today he’s taking some plant food mixed with water to them.
And then he’ll stay and visit with them while he stuffs his own little face.
I think as always he has the right idea! So maybe I’ll go hug a tree today.