Peacock Mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

Truly Amazing Aliens – Mantis Shrimp

Curious Critter Punching above their Weight !!

The mantis shrimp is one of the most exciting crustaceans found in our oceans.  Scientists study their strength, molecular structure, and eyesight because it’s all so amazing  — they are another curious critter we see here on our dive sites around Cabilao.

The mantis shrimp, don’t be fooled by its name  — as they are swift, robust and efficient death machines of the sea!

Mantis shrimp are only about four inches long, but pound for pound is one of the strongest animals in the world.  They use their arms and claws that are more like a human elbow than fists to punch their prey — with such force such as bullet shot from a caliber gun.  This incredible power is essential for hunting food — easily breaking such the shells of prey like crabs and clams.

But they aren’t just strong, and they’re fast too!  They have the most rapid predatory strike in the ocean — swinging in less than 800 microseconds.  In the time it takes you to blink an eye, the mantis shrimp could have punched you in theory  500 times.

If you could throw a ball as fast as the mantis shrimp throws its punches, you’d launch the ball into space!

Like lobsters the mantis shrimp’s eyes are on stalks that they can move around — they can even move their eyes in different directions.  They can swing them about up and down or left or right this is genuinely amazing to watch.


These adorable critters mate for life — they meet the shrimp of their dreams, and they move into and share the same burrow, protect their eggs and help each other through life underwater for the rest of their life, which is said to be around 20 years.

Mantis shrimp are threatening animals whom when they find a home to burrow and do not venture away from it very much, except infrequently when hunting food or outside circumstances force them to relocate.  Although they do go out hunting sometimes, they prefer to ambush prey that comes near their home.

These critters live around in the shallow waters in sub-tropical and tropical marine environments, and you can see them around our dive sites here on Cabilao, So come and Explore here at La Estrella Beach Resort and Cabilao Dive Center and Experience and Enjoy some more.

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