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    People are baffled by bizarre ‘three-eyed shrimps’ that look like Pokemon

     

    Alien-looking shrimps with three eyes left tourists scratching their heads after swarming an historic attraction.

    The creepy little critters that could easily belong in the Pokemon universe, are known as triops and roamed the Earth before dinosaurs.

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    The two-inch long creatures are assumed to have hatched from their eggs at the original Puebloan site, Wupatki National Monument, in Arizona, as a result of a monsoon.
    The horde of triops, with their three eyes — two gazing forward and one above – provided visitors to Wapatki with even more to marvel at than the native American ruins, according to Cnet.

    Triop

    Triops are named after their three eyes (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    “We knew there was water in the ball court, but we weren’t anticipating anything alive in it,” said Lauren Carter, the lead interpretation ranger at Wupatki National Monument.
    Then a guest approached and exclaimed, ‘Hey, you have tadpoles in your ballcourt.’
    Lauren leaned into the water and snatched up a triop to investigate the allegations, but she had no idea what was in her hands.

    The creatures which for obvious reason given their appearance are also called tadpole shrimp, have have a pink crest-shaped torso that tapers off into a dangly tail.

    Sadly for the little fresh water-dwelling animals, they only live for 90 days but as a species have survived millions of years on the planet.

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    Triops will grow up to a couple of inches long (Image: Getty Images)

     

    Incredibly the eggs could have been on the dry land for decades waiting to hatch with sufficient rainfall, according to Central Michigan University.

    The Wupatki National Monument was built by indigenous Puebloan farmers who 900 years ago dug out a circular crater like ball court for meetings.

    It was there that the triple-eyed shellfish emerged thanks to a torrential 10-day monsoon which came after Wupatki’s driest summer on record.

    Live Science reports that in the last week and a half of July this year, the region was pummelled by nearly five inches of rain.

    Carter said that as the ball court began to dry up, the triops were exposed and swooped on by preying ravens and common nighthawks.

     

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