The Swiss Army Knife of the Marine World

Let’s have some wonderment today for the Mantis Shrimp.

Last night, over dinner with some students, the topic of mantis shrimp came up, and there were a lot of fun facts shared at the table. Did you know that mantis shrimp can see a myriad of colors we can’t even comprehend? Did you know that they punch with such velocity that it’s equivalent to if we could just throw a baseball into orbit? Did you know that this punch makes surrounding water boil because it briefly becomes as hot as the sun? What?

What on earth is this wild creature?

This video describes the mantis shrimp as the “Swiss Army Knife of the Marine World.” Very fitting.

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