National Sea Monkey Day
National Sea Monkey Day is commemorated on May 16 of every year. National Sea Monkey Day celebrates the amazing creatures which come alive while placed in water. Sea-Monkey is a brand name for the group of crustaceans called Brine Shrimp which sold as novelty aquarium pets in hatching kits. Discovered by Harold Von Braunhut in 1957, the product was heavily marketed in comic books and still holds a presence in the popular culture. Children and adults are fascinated by these amazing creatures, which borns instantly when placed in water.
History of National Sea Monkey Day
The exact origin and the founder of National Sea Monkey Day are still unknown. In 1957, Harold Von Braunhaut created the product based on brine shrimp. Initially, it was named as “Instant Life“, but later he changed the name to “Sea-Monkeys” in the year 1962. They got their name because their salt-water habitat and their tail looks like the Tail of the monkey. The product was incredibly marketed in the comic books using the illustrations of the humanoid animals created by the comic-book illustrator Joe Orlando. Von Braunhaut quoted
“I think I bought something like 3.2 million pages of comic book advertising a year. It worked beautifully.”
The references to the sea-monkeys have been made in films and television series like Night Court, Roseanne, Spin City, South Park, It’s Carry Shandling’s Show, The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. Sea Monkeys went into space with astronaut John Glenn on October 29, 1998. They returned to earth after spending nine days in space, and the eggs were hatched eight weeks later, apparently unaffected by their travels.
Other Celebrations on May 16
May 16 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate National Sea Monkey Day
Celebrate National Sea Monkey Day by spending some time with your Sea Monkeys. Just watch how they swim and play. You can also give them an extra treat. If you do not have sea monkeys in your home, then today is the perfect day to go out and buy a kit of Sea-Monkeys. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media about National Sea Monkey Day by using the hashtag #SeaMonkeyDay.