Monday, April 30, 2007

Sea Monkey Art For Days

Dissolution of the Ego by Erin Norlin

Another amazing piece from one of the awesome artists who make up The Seven Deadly Sinners. Check them out at

Please, send me your Sea Monkey art.

Adopt a Virtual Sea Monkey

Adopt a virtual Sea Monkey for your MySpace page, blog or website.
Just visit and click on "Adoption."
Meet Plato
my adopted

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Live Action Sea Monkey TV Show

In the early nineties a live action Sea Monkeys TV show appeared on CBS. Howie Mandel starred as a scientist who accidentally enlarges three Sea Monkey brothers, and in the process somehow renders them into air breathing, land dwelling creatures.

The show was a Three Stooges homage staring Sea Monkeys as they appear in the original sixties comic book ads. Here's a short clip from one episode. Enjoy.

Click Here to visit the website of one of the shows designers.

Sea Monkeys on South Park

UPDATE: You can now watch the full episode of South Park featuring Sea-Monkeys for free online at Click here to go straight to this episode.
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Sea People, a none to subtle parody of Sea Monkeys, appeared in the South Park episode titled "The Simpsons Already Did It" from the shows 6th Season.

Cartman excitedly buys the Sea People "Buried Treasure" kit.

He dreams of growing a new world of little Sea People so that he'll no longer have to deal with the real world, the one that's "full of hippies."

Cartman is enraged to discover that the sea people aren't actually little people.

Through a typically disgusting (and hillarious) set of circumstances he does eventually end up with actual little Sea People, and they worship him (except for the other sect, who worship Tweek.)

Read the wikipedia entry for this episode here.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The Pixies love Sea Monkeys too

The Pixies are one of my favorite bands, and here they are performing a song about Sea Monkeys. Scroll down for the lyrics. Enjoy.

Palace Of The Brine
by The Pixies

In a place they say is dead
in the lake that's like an ocean
i count about a billion head
all the time
there's a motion
palace of the brine
i saw the cloning
of the famous family
i heard the droning
in the shrine
of the sea-monkey
palace of the brine
beneath reflections in the fountain
the starry sky and utah mountains
they are swimming happily
can't you see
a life that's so sublime
palace of the brine.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

More Sea Monkey Art

Monkey Sea, Monkey Dead by Tom Bagley

Like Frida and The Sea Monkeys, this is the "Sea, Monkey Do" art show by an amazing bunch of artists calling themselves The Seven Deadly Sinners. I'll keep featuring their Sea Monkey related work, and I encourage you to check out the rest of their art at

And please know that I would be thrilled to carry your Sea Monkey Art as well.

Childhood Memories

I discovered Sea Monkeys via comic books, as did many before me and even some after me. I did not exactly experience the golden age of comics. My friends and brothers didn't read them and in the seventies all the ads seemed horribly out of date. This anachronistic quality may have been what I liked best. The comic books were my time machine to an era of x-ray specs, Captain O greeting cards that I could sell to earn prizes and best of all, instant pets called sea monkeys. And I didn't care if some of the things were scams. I loved them anyway. If they could fool me, I could in turn fool my friends with my tricks from an ancient, forgotten civilization.

My mom did not want me having sea monkeys. First she explained that they didn't look like the pictures. I told her that I knew, of course, that they didn't look like the pictures, but um, how much did they not look like the pictures? Did they have tails? Could they grab things?

Mom said they were just bugs. This did not dissuade me. Next she argued that our neighbor Robbie had had sea monkeys and they were TOO successful, having babies all the time. She described a Trouble with Tribbles scenario with Robbie's mom having to get more and more tanks. This wasn't a good strategy for mom to take. I loved the idea of these things breeding out of control. It sounded like a cottage industry to me. I'd sell amazing live pet sea monkeys. And Robbie was, to my young mind, the coolest kid around. If he'd had amazing pet sea monkeys than they were most definitely the thing to have. I wasn't giving up.

My uncle Joe gave me my first tropical aquarium around this time (another hobby that would last me the rest of my life.) Maybe the adults thought this would distract me from my sea monkey mania. No way. Fish were cool and all, but they didn't exist in a state of suspended animation and come back instantly when water was added. They weren't born with one eye only to develop two additional eyes later, becoming three eyed freaks and then eventually lose the third eye that they started with. And they weren't tiny. The tank did not distract me for long.

When Sea Monkeys appeared in our local toy store mom just had to give up. Actually holding the little tank with the magical packets inside sent my need to create life into overdrive. I got my first set of Instant Life.

The next, ultimately insurmountable obstacle was the frequently inconvenient fact that I have four brothers. The three who are older than me made fun of my sea monkeys endlessly, so sure were they that I'd been scammed.

Never mind them. Bottled water wasn't yet available at every corner store like it is today so I boiled some water and left it to cool overnight. I rushed to school, through school and back home, my thoughts forever on the new pets I would have in mere minutes. I poured in my water, added my water purifier and... waited some more. Another day of being preoccupied with dreams of aquatic simians and then, the big moment. I added Packet #2! I stirred, and...
well, um, not much was going on. But I'd read the book, I knew they'd be hard to see. I moved the tank next to a lamp, made myself comfortable and after long minutes of scanning the tank, I finally saw a tiny white dot moving in an erratic pattern. Once I focused on this little dot, I was able to see more, many more.

I was ecstatic. I tore through the house sharing the news the way a new father might. And my brothers looked at my tank of water, called me a moron and went about their business. I did manage to convince my little brother James to take a better look, but peer pressure got the best of him and he insisted he saw nothing, which may very well have been the case.

I followed the instructions in the book carefully and my little pets grew. My siblings continued pretending I was imagining the little critters swimming around in my plastic tank with it's magnifying bubbles. My grandmother was visiting and she told me I'd been scammed and that my tank had bits of paper floating around in it. This started the teasing all over again. So, I enjoyed by myself the sea monkeys doing "Tricks" when taken from the dark into the light. I read the tiny book that came with them over and over and I jumped for joy when I actually saw my pets mating. New babies would be on the way!

Each of my brothers came around eventually, but only in private. I'd be approached, they'd check out my tank and later that same night it would all be denied and I'd again be accused of raising small pieces of paper. I didn't let it bother me. I was too excited at the prospect of Sea Monkey babies.

I rushed home every day to check on my pets, squinting and putting the tank on the sunny windowsill, watching for babies. And then, one day, I came home to find my tank very, very green. Packet #3, Sea Monkey Growth Food sat, almost empty, next to it. My little brother had apparently decided to help me raise my little bits of paper. He never admitted to it, and I never forgave him, until yesterday, but I'm not telling him that.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

My favorite Sea Monkey Art

Frida And The Brine Shrimp by Kipling West
While I wait for my new Sea Monkey supplies to arrive I figured I'd start sharing some of my favorite Sea Monkey art, music, etc. And what better pieces to start with than this?
Please click here to find out more about the artist.

Oh My Goodness, Another Blog!

Yes, it's another blog.

And for those of you who are meeting me for the first time, I don't just mean another blog for the world, which has plenty o' blogs already, but another blog for me. I have 17 blogs already.

I have my own personal blog, my comedy troupe's blog, my TrulyAwfulStuff blog, and many, many blogs dedicated to memoir and short fiction.

And now I am a Sea Monkey Blogger sponsored by Eduactional Insights, the company that sells Sea Monkeys. Visit their official Sea Monkey Website

Watch for interviews, youtube clips, and above all else, my own experiments in raising live pet Sea Monkeys. I aim to have the most extensive Sea Monkey site on the net. See ya soon.


Sea Monkey Geek on
Come be my friend.
The official Sea Monkey site.

An Interview with Harold Von Braunhut
My good friend Erik Lobo was priviledged to get to interview the creator of Sea Monkeys, Harold Von Braunhut.
See the mighty Wiki's Sea Monkey entry.

The Sea Monkey Worship Page
Is someone possibly more fanatical than I am?

Sea-Monkey Mania
A particularly well done Sea Monkey sight. I especially enjoy the Sea Monkey Time Machine.

Uncle Sea Monkey's Page
No updated in some time, but features some great information