According to exobiologists at NASA, these mysterious shrimp and its symbiotic bacterium may hold clues "about what life could be like on other planetary bodies." It's life that may be similar—at the basic level—to what could be lurking in the oceans of Europa, deep under the icy crust of the Jupiter moon.
Behold the latest goddamn species discovered on Earth! The big male seems to be ready to rip apart your two arms while grabbing your thighs with those lower hooks. You wouldn't be able to scream because he'd be cracking your head with those jaws to eat your brains. Fortunately, fellow humans, these beasts are tiny.
We've seen the Pistol shrimp snap its claws so fast that you can only see it at 10,000 frames-per-second, but the little guy's trick is even wilder than just that. A Pistol shrimp can actually snap its claw so fast that sound turns into light, and scientists still don't know how that's even possible.
Consider the shrimp. Delicious to eat, whether doomed to a deep fryer or steamed and dunked in cocktail sauce. But, they're also quite enjoyable to watch prancing around! Especially in 3D, seen here, with a suitably sci-fi underwater soundtrack.
One three-inch shrimp—happily swimming under 600 feet of ice, 12.5 miles from open water—has shattered all scientists' theories on life-harboring environments. An impossible discovery that opens the possibility of complex extraterrestrial life in our Solar System:
Mantis Shrimp can see 100,000 colors, 10x the number we can, and are the only animals to see circular polarized light. Scientists think that mantis shrimp eye tech could lead to a new age of telecom and optical devices.
Showstopper, a common event at big gadget shows, finished a few hours ago. One of the best things about this particular Showstopper event was the food. Team Gizmodo finished off about two dozen shrimp in less than 15 minutes. (Team Gizmodo = Jason and me.) Then I got hives.