Small but Mighty: Evolution of the Mantis Shrimp Strike

Small but Mighty: Evolution of the Mantis Shrimp Strike

First Aired: 9/14/2016

Length: 50 minutes


Amazing striking behaviors in the mantis shrimp.
 
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With speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and accelerations that are comparable to a .22 caliber bullet, the mantis shrimp strike is considered to be one of the fastest movements ever recorded in the animal kingdom. Join Scripps marine biologist Maya deVries as she describes her research on the biomechanics and ecology of this extremely fast strike and tells us how over 150 million years of evolution has led to the amazing diversity of striking behaviors seen across mantis shrimp.
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