Mono Basin and Hot Creek Area

Trillions of Mono brine shrimp (Artemia monica) swim and feed with feathery appendages in Mono Lake in summer. Brine shrimp from other locations cannot survive here. In winter adults lay cysts, that eventually hatch into baby shrimp (nauplii). In early summer huge masses of juvenile and adult brine shrimp churn the water reproducing and eating until their food supply dwindles. In the fall the remaining adults die from the cold and lack of food. They drift to the bottom of the lake where they are decomposed by bacteria.