Incidental: Mantis Shrimp!

I had a meeting with my supervisor today. She is going away for three months to write somewhere lovely in France. We had a wonderful chat.

Come evening, I went for an evening stroll with two friends and the dogs. We strolled and chatted and in the course of this strolling and chatting one of said consociates told a story about Mantis Shrimp. I’d never heard of such a thing.

Freaky. Part Praying Mantis. Part Prawn. Ew.

Freaky. Part Praying Mantis. Part Prawn. Ew.

According to wikipedia Mantis shrimp are marine crustaceans also known as stomatopods. They are neither shrimp nor mantids but receive their name from the physical resemblance to both the terrestrial praying mantis and the shrimp. They can reach 30 cm (12 in) in length, although cases of up to 38 cm have been recorded.

The most interesting thing about these critters are their ‘mutilating small appendages.’ They have powerful claws used to attack and kill prey ‘by spearing, stunning or dismemberment’.

Apparently some larger species of mantis shrimp are capable of breaking through aquarium glass with a single strike from this weapon.


Heavens to Betsy.

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