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5 Interesting Facts About Shrimp

5 Interesting Facts About Shrimp

There are 2,000 different shrimp species with sizes that vary considerably.

When it comes to seafood, shrimp is a staple as it is a favorite to many. Check out these five interesting facts about shrimp.


Did you know that there are thousands of shrimp species located around the world? In fact, there are 2,000 different shrimp species with sizes that vary considerably. They are located all over the world, including the tropics and even the Antarctic Ocean. Most of the shrimp that finds its way on your plates are Gulf Brown, Gulf Pink, and Gulf White Shrimp. The smallest shrimp are about a half inch in total length while the biggest can grow up to a foot long. Tiger shrimp, specifically, have been found to grow as large as an average lobster tail.


Did you know that shrimp are omnivorous? Most species of shrimp eat microscopic plants and animal matter found floating through the water. They’ll find the matter by filtering the water or sifting through the ocean floor. Bigger species of shrimp also catch and eat small fish.

Cancer-fighting Mineral

Did you know that including shrimp in your diet means that you have access to the benefits of a cancer-fighting mineral that shrimp contains? Shrimp contains selenium which is an antioxidant mineral that activates enzymes. These enzymes help fight the growth of the free radicals that can cause cancer.

Keep the Heads

Did you know that in many countries and locations throughout the world, shrimp are eaten with the heads on? For some, the heads of shrimp aren’t very appetizing and are usually discarded. However, shrimp heads are rich in flavor and offer a crunchy texture that many people enjoy.

Low Calories, High Protein

Did you know that shrimp are a great source of protein? A medium-sized, cook shrimp has only about seven calories, but an average of 24 grams of protein for 100 grams of shrimp. They pair well with rice and vegetables.


Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for anytime eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, TwitterGoogle+Pinterest, and YouTube!

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4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes