10 Interesting Facts About The Mantis Shrimp

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.

  • Mantis shrimp have up to sixteen color-receptive cones, while humans only have 3 and dogs only have 2.
  • One strike from the mantis shrimp is 50 times faster than the blink of a human eye.
  • Peacock mantis shrimp can punch with speed equal to a .22 caliber bullet.
  • Most mantis shrimp grow between 2-7 inches.
10 Interesting Facts About The Mantis Shrimp
  • Mantis shrimp is not actually a shrimp, but rather a shrimp-like crustacean.
  • Mantis shrimp eats live fish, crabs, worms and shrimp, including other mantis shrimp.
  • Researchers have been studying cell structure of the mantis shrimp to create advanced body armor for combat troops.
  • Aquariums don’t typically house mantis shrimp because they can break aquarium glass.
  • In the monogamous species, the mantis shrimp remain with the same partner for up to 20 years.
  • Mantis shrimp claws are strong enough to wound a human, giving them the nickname “thumb splitters.”

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