You are about to begin a NEW amazing hobby that is so fantastic, it STAGGERS THE IMAGINATION! With only water and the “crystals” in your Sea-Monkey® kit, you will create INSTANT-LIFE®! Yes, you will raise up the world’s only living, breathing INSTANT-PETS®—amazing live SEA-MONKEYS®!
With the act of giving your Sea-Monkeys® life, you join in the immensely rewarding experience of fellow hobbyists throughout the world! As a creator of Sea-Monkeys®, you share with them, the knowledge that through your willingness to explore the unknown, you have stepped across the threshold of one of the strange worlds of tomorrow’s science ... TODAY!
A true MIRACLE of nature, Sea-Monkeys® actually exist in SUSPENDED ANIMATION! While inside their tiny eggs—yet unborn, they burn the “spark of life” for many YEARS! The Instant-Life® crystals in which the eggs are enclosed, preserve their viability and help to-extend still further—their unhatched life span! Sea-Monkeys are real TIME-TRAVELERS asleep in biological time-capsules for their strange journey into the future!
The name scientists have given this amazing rare process is “cryptobiosis” which means “hidden life.” Among the types of life on Earth that are cryptobiotic in early stages of development are the seeds of higher plants (wheat grains from the tombs of the ancient Egyptian Kings have sprouted after being sealed in urns for more than 2,000 years), the larvae of certain insects, and the thick-shelled eggs of some crustaceans such as Daphnia, Seed Shrimps (Ostracoda) and Brine Shrimp (Artemia salina). Sea-Monkeys® too belong in this category, since they are a variety of Artemia. A relative also of Lobsters, Crabs, Fairy Shrimp and other crustaceans. instead of originating in the ocean, Artemia are found in salt lakes and salt evaporation flats. The waters of these areas are often SO salty that Artemia may be the ONLY non-microscopic animal inhabiting them.
Packet no. 1 — “water purifier”
Packet No. 1 (Item No. 28 in the Parts and Supply List) is a “one time” formula. This means that it is needed just once—to start the “system,” and is never used again. It “conditions” the water so that when Packet No. 2 “Instant Life”® is added, you will SEE your Sea-Monkeys® HATCH ALIVE! Besides its vital “role” in the actual production of live Sea-Monkeys®, “Water Purifier” neutralizes the poisonous metal oxides like Copper Oxide (that comes from copper plumbing) and other harmful elements such as chlorine and floride (both of which are known aquarium “killers” present in most city water sources). This is why I strongly suggest using bottled or “spring” water ‘ instead of “tap” water from your sink. However, if you cannot afford it, or if bottled water is not available, boil the tap water, and let it stand overnight before using it. This reduces the contamination and amount of impurities. “Water Purifier,” when added, will “clean up” the rest of the dangerous toxic substances.
Place a strong light BEHIND the container, OR, lift the container to a light source such as a sunny window or a table lamp. Now, while the water is still swirling from your stirring, observe it closely and you will see tiny white “dots” that are struggling to swim AGAINST the direction of the current. These “dots” are your newly hatched LIVE baby Sea-Monkeys®! If you didn’t see it actually HAPPEN, could you ever have believed such a wonderful thing was possible? Without a doubt, here is a true case of “science fiction” becoming “science fact”! Newly-hatched Sea-Monkeys are no larger than the “period” at the end of this sentence. As they mature they will not only change their shape and appearance, they will grow incredibly larger than their size at their moment of birth. By comparison, if human babies grew so many times larger, YOU might be 200 FEET or 60 METRES TALL.
Packet No.3 - How to feed Sea-Monkeys®
It is natural for the water in your Sea-Monkeys container or aquarium to evaporate slowly. When the water level drops more than two inches, replace it with plain water, or preferably bottled spring water (if available). Nothing else is needed at this point. As the water evaporates, the salts and minerals in the formula become concentrated, and helps the growing Sea-Monkeys to moult their shells. Because Sea-Monkeys do not have any bones like the VERTEBRATES (animals with backbones) which includes fish, reptiles, birds and mammals whose skeletons grow internally, the Sea-Monkeys’ shells are their skeletons. To GROW they cast off their old shell or skeleton, and grow a new one. Each time this happens they get larger, and the new shell hardens and thickens over the soft tissue that covers their bodies. ALL shellfish including lobsters, crabs, cray fish and their Sea-Monkey relatives grow in this manner. In the case of Sea-Monkeys, it happens seven times from babyhood until they become adults. However, you must replace the evaporated water because the concentrated salts in the formula will prevent NEW Sea-Monkey eggs from hatching. If new eggs fail to hatch, the “life cycle” of your Sea-Monkey “colony” will either be slowed or limited to only one or two generations. Watch the water level, and to be on the safe side, never let more than 25% evaporate before adding more water.
Sea-Monkeys should be raised in a place where temperature is fairly constant. They grow best at warm room temperatures above 70° Fahrenheit (21° Celsius). They will however, adapt to cooler climates such as found in Northern Europe and Can- ada. But if raised at lower temperatures, their growth rate will be slightly retarded, and their size will not usually exceed 1/2” OR 12mm. This will NOT affect their life-span, and these Sea-Monkeys® should live just as long as their brothers and sisters raised at warmer room temperatures. Exposure to daylight is helpful, and they will enjoy frolicking in the sunlight so long as it doesn’t excessively HEAT their water. Light also stimulates green algae or brown diatom growth (live microscopic cells that Sea-Monkeys eat in nature). Green algae (a plant) are especially beneficial because they produce oxygen as well as act as a supplementary food source. Also consider keeping them under a “Plant Light” (available at many florist shops and department stores). Plant lights illuminate the water and also encourage the growth of Algae. These lights are very inexpensive, and come in both bulb and tubular shapes, and in various sizes.
Sea-Monkeys reproduce like other advanced animal species. A male Sea-Monkey and a female Sea-Monkey mate sexually, and thus new life is created. Lesser forms of life such as hydra and other simple animals reproduce through budding—or even through mitosis (splitting into two) which occurs among single-celled animaculae (micro-animals) such as Amobae and Paramecium. Among Sea-Monkeys how- ever, in the absence of a mate, a strange, wonderful thing happens. Incredible as it may seem, some female Sea-Monkeys bear offspring arthenogenesis or self- conception! Parthenogenesis in Sea-Monkeys is called “Meiotic” Parthenogenesis. Only Meiotic Parthenogenesis permits THE CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION OF AD- VANTAGEOUS COMBINATIONS OF “GENES” (complex, self-perpetuating protein molecules that transmit hereditary characteristics). Summed up, this means that Sea-Monkeys have evolved a most extraordinary tenacity for life. It also suggests that if just a single female Sea-Monkey survived a cataclysmic catastrophe that wiped all other animals including Sea-Monkeys off the face of the earth, it is pos- sible that this Sea-Monkey “Eve” could recreate her species without an “Adam” and the race of Sea-Monkeys would live again!
Now, going one step beyond, as if this were not sufficient insurance for their perpetuation, here are not one, but the five incredible means nature has devised for Sea-Monkeys to enter the world—protected forever by a seemingly unbreakable “CHAIN OF LIFE”:
Once they have reached the adult stage of growth, Sea-Monkeys will begin breed- ing by themselves. However, there are some things that you can do to encourage their maximum breeding potential.
As an example, at room temperatures (in the 65° to 75° or 18 – 24 celsius range), the mating tendency will be at its highest point. At lower temperatures, they will rarely mate. When breeding, the male Sea-Monkey pairs himself with a willing fe- male by grasping her at the root of her tail (where it joins her torso).
In this manner, the male and female swim together (with the male trailing behind the female) in an aquatic “dance of courtship”. If for any reason your pets do not mate, first make sure that there are MALES present. If not, you’ll have to wait until you grow some.
Sea- Monkeys® Were First Invented In The Usa In 1957 And In The 1960’s – 1970’s Were Sold By Mail Order From Advertising On The Back Of Comic Books. Astronaut John Glenn Took Sea-monkeys Into Space On October 29, 1998 Aboard Space Shuttle Discovery During Mission Sts-95. After Nine Days In Space, They Were Returned To Earth, And Hatched Eight Weeks Later Apparently Unaf- fected By Their Travels . Sea-Monkeys® Come In Two Sexes: Male And Female. Upon Reaching Young Adulthood, You Can Easily Tell The Sexes Apart. The Boys (Males) Have What Looks Like “Whiskers” Growing Under Their “Chins” That Are Appendages That They Use Like Arms, Usually To Clutch Onto A Female. The
Girls (Females) Have Smaller Heads, And The Most Noticeable Feature Is A Small Pill-like Egg Sac Located Where Her Tail Joins Her Body. Newly Born Sea- Monkeys® Are Acorn Shaped And It’s Impossible To Tell The “Difference” Between The Sexes. Females Are Usually Larger Than Males And Can Reach A Length Of 3/4” Or 19mm, While The Length Of The Males Is About 1/2” Or 12 Mm. In 1992 The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys® Television Series Aired 11 Episodes. They’ve Been Featured On South Park, Spin City, Roseanne, Night Court, The Simpsons, 3rd Rock From The Sun, American Dad, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Desperate Housewives And More.