Imagine if you were going to write up your very own superhero powers, you would sound like a mantis shrimp – super vision, super power and with super speed – but these critters are also lethal as this slow motion video shows.
The stomatopod may not be what you want to keep in your aquarium, but they are pretty awe inspiring. This video by Biopixel shows the mantis in action as it snags some prey. As they point out, the mantis has two main techniques for killing prey by clubbing and spearing.
We recall our excitement turn to worry back in our early reefing days as we learned about these and other dreaded hitchikers especially from live rock.
[via IFL Science]