It might be a featherweight, but this tiny mantis shrimp packs a powerful punch. A crab tries to shield itself behind glass a quarter-inch thick ... but will it be enough to stop the hungry shrimp?
A mantis shrimp might not be a heavyweight, but ounce for ounce, it can throw some of the fastest and most powerful punches in nature.
The mantis shrimp spots its prey with hexnocular vision...two eyes that have three focal points each, and so many light-sensitive cells they can see in the ultraviolet and infrared.
With dinner in its cross-hairs, the mantis prepares to strike.
Running for cover under a discarded glass is useless. The club of a mantis shrimp can easily break quarter-inch glass, and the shell of a crab.
The mantis stores energy in its arm. It works like a spring-loaded mechanism. When the energy is released, the mantis smashes its prey with the force of a 22-caliber bullet.
Now that is a super-powered punch.