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Shrimp are found in large amounts in the coastal zone and tidal waters because they are well adapted to the strongly fluctuating circumstances. They are omnivores and profit from the rich supply of small animals. However, they also eat dead plants and animals, as well as excrement. They are very mobile and therefore can easily move to where the most food has gathered by the flowing water. When the temperatures drop, they move to warmer, deeper water. Many large marine animals and people are shrimp consumers.

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