HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- Local trawlers recently have scooped up a half-pound Asian tiger shrimp, a non-native species that gives the term "jumbo shrimp" a whole new meaning.
Asian tiger shrimp can be as large as a lobster and weigh up to four times as much as a medium-sized shrimp. Much like the name suggests, the animals have black-and-white stripes.
It's native to Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Australia.
In recent weeks, three have been caught in waters off Hilton Head and Fripp islands. Two were caught in the Charleston area.
How they got here is a mystery to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
"It's been hard for me to find out," DNR marine biologist David Knott said. "As far as I know, no one in this country is cultivating (them)."