June 29th, 2008

gandalf

Mantis Shrimp

Along the same lines as the pistol shrimp posted a little while ago. These little beasts are ferocious! Not sure if they have been posted before.


here is a link describing the science behind their knock out punch.
http://www.biomechanics.bio.uci.edu/.../puncher.htm

I like this part,"The power of the strike is such that even a casual observer would sit up and take notice. How can such a small animal generate so much force in so little time? Biomechanists have recently discovered the surprising secret of the mantis shrimp: to destroy both prey and rivals, the animal relies on a clever spring and linkage mechanism that makes it the fastest “puncher” in the animal world."