However, they cannot possibly be referred to as shrimp because they have highly visual differences, too.
One is with the color of their bodies.
With the shrimp, one would expect a highly opaque, orange or red body color, but with the krill, the body is usually translucent or downright transparent.
It also comes with more longer tentacles on the front of its body.
However, just like the shrimp, it can also be used for food, although it is not as popularly known as seafood as compared to the shrimp and the prawn.
The Krill as Seafood The krill is best used in dishes as an alternative to shrimp, prawn, or crab meat; in other words, in dishes that commonly make use of crustaceans as an ingredient.
It can be used in fried preparations, such as krill balls (much like shrimp balls), krill boats, and even krill on cocktails.
Krill can also be used on soups as well as mixed on rice dishes.
Apart from being used for food, the krill is also largely the subject of fishing because of its oil, known as krill oil.
This oil is a very rich source of the healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, which help in preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Krill oil is also rich in DHA and EPA, nutrients that are largely sought after for multivitamin supplements these days because of their brain repairing and development enhancing properties.
Krill oil is also great for the joints, and a wonderful cure for arthritis and gout.
The Krill Size Guide Aside from its distinctive coloring, the krill can also be distinguished from its close counterparts, the shrimp and the prawn, by means of its size.
On the average, it typically measures one to two centimeters only, or an equivalent of 0.
4 inches to 0.
But there are reports of krill species that grow to as much as 2 and a half inches to about 6 inches, also equal to 6 to 15 centimeters.
The krill are known to travel around in very large and closely spooled schools, otherwise known as swarms.
Swarms of krill are said to reach up to ten thousand krill for each cubic meter.
This is, however, just about the smallest number of krill that can get into a swarm.
The biggest swarm of krill reported so far involves more than 60 thousand krill in a swarm for each cubic meter of water.