Beautifully colored mantis shrimp have special adaptations which make them amazing predators. Watch this humorous video to learn some interesting facts about this odd crustacean.
These colorful shrimp have a fossil record that dates back 400 million years. They have evolved very complicated eyes which can see 12 color wavelengths and three images in each eye. Compare that to humans who see only 3 color wavelengths and 1 image per eye. There are two types of mantis shrimp. The “spearer” has spiny barbed claws which it uses to stab its prey from a hiding place. The “smasher” has arms with clubs on the ends. These clubs punch as fast as a 22 caliber bullet and hit with 1500 Newtons of force to kill their prey.