Shrimp on a Treadmill

Lo and behold, scientists–and I think that’s a pretty loose usage of the term, considering the context of their experiment–have begun testing the health of actual marine shrimp by having them run on a treadmill.  Alas, dear reader, a shrimp running on a treadmill is not the strangest aspect of the story.  Video here

shrimp_treadmill_01.jpg“As far as I know this is the first time that shrimp have been exercised on a treadmill and it was amazing to see how well they performed,” Scholnick told LiveScience. “Healthy shrimp ran and swam at treadmill speeds of up to 20 meters per minute [66 feet per minute] for hours with little indication of fatigue.”

To further challenge the healthy shrimp, the researchers designed a small backpack made of duct tape to add extra load to the shrimp. With the extra weight and lowered oxygen, they were active for up to an hour.

That’s right–a backpack made of duct tape to fit on the back of a shrimp.  That’s the strangest part of the story, I think.  You need a couple of Master’s Degrees to come up with idiocy this profound. 

It could be worse, though.  They could be using the Internet to self-medicate for depression.

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3 thoughts on “Shrimp on a Treadmill

  1. All day I have been haunted by surreal images of various vessels (from aircraft carriers to Venuses shell chariot) being drawn through the water by billions of delicately harnessed shrimp.

    Thank you.

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