Spot Shrimps Santa Barbara

These are pretty amazing, large scales, full of meat and a head that has plenty of brains. The species are named Sicyonia ingentis, a.k.a. Ridgeback Shrimp. They are spectacular, their taste is not salty at all, the flesh is pure and dense, similar to lobster.

Ridgeback shrimp live along the Pacific Coast of the United States, Mexico from Baja up to Monterey Bay. They spawn during the summer and into fall, so the fishing season for them usually opens in late October and ends just today. They are mainly fished out of the Santa Barbara Channel and sold in Southern California markets, not shipped too far and eaten fresh not frozen.