10 Badass Facts About The Mantis Shrimp

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Mantis shrimps sport powerful claws that they use to attack and kill prey by spearing, stunning, or dismemberment. Here are 10 badass facts about these aggressive and solitary sea creatures.


1
Mantis shrimp have up to sixteen color-receptive cones, while humans only have 3 and dogs only have 2.

2
One strike from the mantis shrimp is 50 times faster than the blink of a human eye.

3
Peacock mantis shrimp can punch with speed equal to a .22 caliber bullet.

4
Most mantis shrimp grow between 2-7 inches.

5
Mantis shrimp is not actually a shrimp, but rather a shrimp-like crustacean.

6
Mantis shrimp eats live fish, crabs, worms and shrimp, including other mantis shrimp.

7
Researchers have been studying cell structure of the mantis shrimp to create advanced body armor for combat troops.

8
Aquariums don't typically house mantis shrimp because they can break aquarium glass.

9
In the monogamous species, the mantis shrimp remain with the same partner for up to 20 years.

10
Mantis shrimp claws are strong enough to wound a human, giving them the nickname "thumb splitters."