Animal of the Month: Mantis Shrimp

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Did you know that something four inches long could pack a “punch” as hard as a twenty-two caliber bullet? The mantis shrimp is a crazy animal! For instance, dogs have two color-receptive cones, green and blue. Humans have an additional red cone. This allows us to see not only red, butt all the colors that have red in them, like orange and purple. Butterflies have five color cones. This is nothing compared to the mantis shrimp. The mantis shrimp has an astounding thirteen color cones! The shrimp has two arms that can accelerate with the speed of a twenty-two caliber rifle. And in less than three-thousandths of a second, it can strike prey with 1,500 newtons of force. To put that in perspective, if you could throw a baseball at one-tenth of that speed, you could throw the baseball through the atmosphere and into orbit! That is insane! Their limbs move so quickly that the water around them boils! You have never seen a mantis shrimp in an aquarium before because they would eat all the other animals in the enclosure and break the glass if they wanted to. They eat crabs and other sea prey with shells, like oysters. There are also different kinds of mantis shrimp. There are 400 different kinds including (my favorite) the peacock mantis shrimp shown in the picture. Thank you, Christian Taylor, for recommending this fascinating creature!

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10 Responses to “Animal of the Month: Mantis Shrimp”

  1. carter on May 10th, 2017 8:48 am

    it was a very interesting animal

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  2. Katey Hull on May 10th, 2017 2:05 pm

    Did not expect that coming from this type of animal! Great story!

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  3. Alex Kepes on May 12th, 2017 9:51 am

    Thanks for reading Animal of the Month

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  4. christian t on May 12th, 2017 9:54 am

    not joking this is my favorite animal. even before you wrote this article it was my favorite animal. great story.

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  5. Amber Kwon on May 12th, 2017 9:55 am

    Cant believe an animal this small can have such power! Even if we only have 3 color-receptive cones we still do see a lot of varieties of colors. I wonder what kind of colors this creature can see?

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  6. Isabella Davis on May 12th, 2017 2:16 pm

    Did you know that a animator on YouTube did a speech about the same topic? 😛

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  7. Isabella Davis on May 12th, 2017 2:17 pm

    I liked this article a lot though. 🙂

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  8. Grant on May 12th, 2017 2:31 pm

    why is it so brightly cooled

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    Luke Bean Reply:

    They are colored that way because they can see more colors than the human eye can you its camouflage to them but to us they just look like a rainbow.

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  9. Charlie on May 16th, 2017 12:55 pm

    I read some where that if someone could throw a baseball 1/4th of the speed a mantis shrimp strikes, the baseball would go out of the atmosphere. Kinda a cool fact

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