Following the hot-pink water coming out of taps in Jinan, China last week, the nation continues to be experiencing food discoloration of acid trip proportions. Shrimp that turns vibrant green when cooked were recently found in Shanghai.

A member of China’s Weibo microblogging service, Christy Mi Jiang was warming up some shrimp in her microwave one day. When she went to remove the crustaceans she was surprised to see that their heads had turned a deep green color.

As is the custom when you see something freaky, Christy took a photo and posted it on the social networking service right away. It garnered instant attention and went as viral as those shrimp looked.

Several users cracked wise calling the shrimp as special breed “Jade Shrimp” which was actually very valuable.

Other more serious users pointed out the color’s resemblance to malachite green a chemical with a variety of applications such as a dye and as a fungicide in aquatic life.

The use of malachite green in food has been prohibited in North America and Europe and has led to the blocking of some imported seafood from China due to their use of it a few years ago.

However, food experts have claimed that the color is a result of algae which built up in the shrimps’ heads and only became visible when heated.

Although that seems to be a rational explanation for the event, residents of China are increasingly weary following last week’s pink water, this month’s several thousand mystery pig carcasses found in a river, and many other incidents of hugely discolored rivers.

Source: Sina Weibo (@Christy蜜酱) (Chinese) via Epoch Times (Japanese)