Damn. Mantis shrimp are crazy. They can strike prey as fast as a .22 caliber bullet, but this other stabbing technique some mantis shrimp use to kill is scary dark.
This is just how mantis shrimp roll.
The powerful, hammer-like rounded claws of the mantis shrimp are incredibly strong, making them ideal for cracking open the hard shells of clams and crabs (its favored prey), and for warding off predators. Now those claws are also inspiring scientists keen on building super-strong materials to make tougher body armor…
The fearsome mantis shrimp has many fascinating attributes, most notably its powerful hammer-like rounded claws — technically known as “raptorial appendages” — that it uses to crack open the hard shells of its favored prey (clams and crabs) and to ward off predators. And now it seems they use them as weapons against…
Everybody's favorite science cartoonist Beatrice the Biologist aka Katie McKissick has some ideas for diversifying school mascots.
Sorry, Oatmeal. Your precious mantis shrimp – with its ultraviolet visual abilities and admittedly powerful raptorial appendages – is no match for the deadly cunning of a hungry octopus.
Plenty of superheroes and supervillains are animal themed, taking on the grace of a cat or the strength of a spider. But there are animals who are super in their own right, with abilities perfectly suited to saving the day.
The world’s first Census of Marine Life was released today, a 10 year, 650 million dollar study of the ocean. In Citizens of the Sea, Nancy Knowlton discusses the shell-crushing force of the Mantis Shrimp and the ribbon worm.