15 strange animals of the Red Sea

These marine creatures stand out for their odd appearances.

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Emperor shrimp

One of the tiniest animals that lives in the Red Sea, the emperor shrimp is truly shrimpy at less than a half inch in length.

It lives on sea cucumbers as well as nudibranchs (colorful, slug-like invertebrae), but it's far from a pest to these creatures. Indeed, its main diet is parasites and algae, earning it the nickname of "cleaner shrimp." Other ocean creatures will even open up their homes to these housekeeping shrimp – not a bad deal!

A colorful species of shrimp, the emperor shrimp is intriguing to inspect if you can get a close enough view.

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