Mantis Shrimp

Peacock mantis shrimp

                  Peacock mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp are one of the most powerful animals on earth.  With their massive claws, they can smash an object with the power of a .22 caliber bullet.

Mantis shrimp use their claws to hunt.  They smash the shells of crabs, shellfish, fish, and even other mantis shrimp to eat them.  They often collect the shells of their victims and pile them around the entrances of their burrows, along with rocks.

Mantis shrimp have highly fascinating eyes.   Not only can they see normal colors and lights, but they can also see in the ultraviolet spectrum of light.  This is because of their photo receptors in their eyes that allow them to see so much light.  Different species of mantis shrimp have different numbers of photo receptors.  The most common is 12 to 16 in each eye.  Being able to see ultraviolet helps the mantis shrimp find prey and locate predators easier.