A small, transparent crustacean that typically swims on its back, using its legs to filter food particles from the water.
- Order Anostraca, class Branchiopoda: many species, including brine shrimps
- Below the surface, scuba divers haunt Sund Rock Marine Preserve and Octopus Hole, where the world's biggest octopuses share the water with fairy shrimp, shellfish, and Dungeness crab.
- One of the only two habitats for the fairy shrimp in Orange County is a vernal pool at Fairview park in Costa Mesa!
- Endemic to Southern California, the San Diego fairy shrimp, Branchinecta sandiegonensis, has suffered tremendous habitat loss due to urban development and consequently is on the Federal endangered species list.
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