Today’s Terrifying but Also Sorta Cute Organism Is…

photo by flickr user PacificKlaus. (CC) by-nc

This is the Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus), a burrowing predator which subdues its prey by delivering the fastest recorded punch of any living creature. (!) (Other mantis shrimp- members of order Stomatopoda -also share these traits, although the peacock mantis shrimp looks more fabulous while doing it.)

Here’s a youtube video of one of these things beating the hell out of a crab, with commentary by a very educated-sounding British Australian lady.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp on Wikipedia

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2 Responses to Today’s Terrifying but Also Sorta Cute Organism Is…

  1. moomintroll says:

    The narrator has an Australian accent!

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