Watch: The Triop; a living fossil in Malta

Triops- otherwise known as tadpole shrimps are a type of crustacean that are characterised by their three eyes, two tails and are known grow to between 6 to 11 cm.

They are considered living fossils of around 300 million years old practically not changing since the Jurassic era and have outlived other species like the trilobites, dinosaurs and countless others.

They have a life span of just 90 days, although their eggs can lay dormant for several years even withstanding temperatures of up to 98 degrees celsius in the summer months.

These eggs will only hatch when they are submerged for a long duration of time so as to ensure that they hatch in enough water to continue their life cycle.

They have become a rare sight in Malta due to habitat loss, contamination of environmental water and the instability of their fresh water pond habitat.

Video: Luke Zerafa