Mantis Shrimp – How Awesome Are They?!

Hello everyone. Today’s post is going to be about the Mantis Shrimp – which is possibly one of the extraordinary animals on the planet. Yep, I know what you’re thinking – never heard of it. The Mantis Shrimp doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. I found out about these creatures for a project on Sea Life I’m doing. It has lots of amazing features, but the one that I’m going to be focusing on most is the Mantis Shrimp’s incredible eyesight.

So first all, a dog has two cells in it’s eyes that recognize and allow the dog to see colours. This means that dogs can see blue and green, and mixtures of these two colours…

blue and green water

Humans can see these colours, plus one more, which is red, and the colours that can be derived from red…

blue red and green lego bricks

Then there’s butterflies, which can see five different colours. That’s blue, red and green and two other colours, which are impossible for humans to imagine.


The butterfly’s colour range is almost the largest on the planet. Almost. Unfortunately, this is insect comes second best to the one, the only…

Mantis Shrimp!!!

Mantis shrimp can see much more than five colours, even more than ten if fact! The Mantis Shrimp’s eyes can see an incredible sixteen colours!

paint splodges

Other cool facts about Mantis shrimp:

  • Mantis Shrimp are rarely kept in aquariums, due to their ability to break the glass of the tank, and their habit of killing any animal that they have to share with!
  • They can deliver a blow with their front pincers the force of a bullet in one three-thousandth of a second. If humans could do one tenth of this strength and power with our arms, we could throw a football into outer space.
  • These shrimps can move so fast that the water around them boils: this is called supercavitation and means that even if they miss the target when they are trying to kill prey, it will be boiled anyway. When this takes place, the water also emits tiny bursts of light, which, as you can probably imagine, is beautiful in the deep dark waters of the ocean. This effect is known as sonoluminescence.

Mantis Shrimps are beautiful and exceptionally amazing animals. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post and now know a little more about these small wonders. Thanks to The Oatmeal – Why the mantis shrimp is my new favourite animal for inspiration and information! Go and click on the link to their site, it’s really cool!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week for a baking post 🙂


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