The Mantis Shrimp is one of the most unique animals in the sea. Everything about it is just different and unique. A few things you might notice off the bat about the Mantis Shrimp is the vibrant colors on the body and its eyes. But one little known and important fact to keep in mind about the Mantis Shrimp is that it isn't even a shrimp. They are actually Stomopods which are distant relatives to crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. The Mantis shrimp have 3 things that solidify its glory. 1. it's vision, 2. It's strength and 3. it's speed. The strength of the mantis shrimps club-like claw is unparalleled in the ocean. The clubs are essentially spring-loaded for whenever the shrimp needs it. But when it needs it, it accelerates faster than a .22-caliber bullet. In order to not break their own club on the impact, the club has a special shock absorbent core. This kind of core is unique on a molecular level, it isn't found anywhere else in the world.
The speed of the mantis shrimp in unparalleled. The Mantis Shrimp has the fastest predatory strike in the ocean. The mantis shrimp swing their club in less than 800 milliseconds. This means that in one minute the mantis shrimp could theoretically swing 75-150 times. The mantis shrimps bunch is so fast that it creates something called a cavitations - a super heated bubble, it results in a small flash of light. So when a Mantis Shrimp punches it also creates extreme heat on the surface of whatever it hits. With speed and strength combined the shrimps prey doesn't stand a chance.
The Mantis Shrimp has the broadest visual spectrum in the world. It can see hundreds of thousands of colors we cant comprehend. But because of this it's harder for the Shrimp to see subtle variations of color. Each eye of the shrimp contain 12 photoreceptors that allow for it sense different types of colors. Compared to the puny eyes of humans which only have 3, for receiving red, blue, and green. A few more interesting facts are, they share a secret language undetectable by other species.
They are helping scientists develop better body armor because of shock absorbent core. Scientists are wondering how the club can hit so hard and not take a deadly blow. There is also nearly 400 different species of Mantis Shrimp. Some of the species even have a spear like thing rather than a club, but it's mostly the same. Instead of hitting it's prey it stabs and possibly impales it.
Story by Aidan McCloud