Note to self: if Ed goes to the market to pick up shrimp (or, really, anything), he will most likely purchase the largest shrimp (squash, scallop, salmon fillet, etc) he can find.
Exhibit A: the shrimp on steroids pictured above. To give you a little perspective, each one was about the size of a small to medium lobster tail (yes, that is a normal size dinner plate they're displayed on). I didn't even know such shrimp existed. I'm pretty sure they'd be shunned in nature for their grotesquely large appearance.
I expected the meat to be stringy/fibrous but, amazingly, the shrimp was tasty and tender - and quite possibly the best shrimp I ever had.
Moral of the story: sometimes bigger can be better.
(Chili Shrimp recipe here)