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Mantis Shrimp attack — catch & kill fish, strike shot

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Uploaded on Oct 25, 2010

A mantis shrimp catches a small passing fish. The fish's scales scatter and sparkle after the mantis shrimp pulls its prey down into its burrow. Mantis shrimps are marine crustaceans, like crabs and lobsters. This particular species, Lysiosquilla sp., is the "spearer" type of mantis shrimp: its front claws have barbed edges that it uses to spear and snag prey. The other type of mantis shrimp, the "smasher", has front claws that are more like a club, used to bludgeon prey. Mantis shrimp can strike at the speed of a .22 calibre bullet. This clip, from our ocean stock footage library, appears in David Attenborough's "First Life" series for BBC / Discovery Channel. Clip filmed in Indonesia.

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