Florida fisherman catches giant shrimp

Fort Pierce, Florida -- This shrimp ain't no shrimp.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted several photos on Facebook from fisherman Steve Bargeron, who hooked a massive crustacean at a dock in Fort Pierce.

Bargeron described the creature as being about 18 inches long, and striking its own tail, so he grabbed it by its back like a lobster.

As to what the animal might actually be... scientists haven't quite determined the exact species. It could be some type of mantis shrimp, which is actually neither a mantis nor a shrimp at all, but a kind of crustacean called a stomatopod.

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