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Mantis Shrimp, the colour of the ocean packs a powerful, bite-sized punch The Mantis Shrimp is known for two things, its vibrant colour, and it glass-cracking, mask-shattering punch! Shy creatures, I spend some time stalking them and keeping a distance until they calm down and lend me a smile for my camera. I don't get too close though, one swipe of their pincer and there goes my lens! Diving,Fall,Geotagged,Mantis,Odontodactylus scyllarus,Philippines,shrimp Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Mantis Shrimp, the colour of the ocean packs a powerful, bite-sized punch

The Mantis Shrimp is known for two things, its vibrant colour, and it glass-cracking, mask-shattering punch! Shy creatures, I spend some time stalking them and keeping a distance until they calm down and lend me a smile for my camera. I don't get too close though, one swipe of their pincer and there goes my lens!

    comments (14)

  1. what an amazing shot, beautifully done!
    Beautiful creature, a really great find.
    Posted 3 years ago
  2. Thanks! Very encouraging :) Posted 3 years ago
  3. I've been waiting for the day this creature arrives on JungleDragon, and you did it! Thank you so much, there is so much to tell about this species. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Glad I chose the right photo to post then! The underwater world when light is cast is splendid! We understand so little about marine life. Posted 3 years ago
      1. We have very little marine wildlife photos on the site, so each one is precious :) Posted 3 years ago
  4. These are so interesting, I think the fact that does it for me is the way that when they strike with their forearms, the difference in pressure underwater as they retract their arms super heats the water to around the same temperature as the sun through a process called supercavitation. Needless to say, this kills the majority of the pray the mantis hunts. Clever little creature! Posted 3 years ago
  5. Thanks stuart for the awesome elaboration about this amazing creature :) when photographing these underwater i time to time witness the bubbling you speak of Posted 3 years ago
  6. Good news for you, this photo has been selected as the winner for the "best wildlife photo" award in the December 2015 contest:
    http://www.jungledragon.com/forum/5/contests/653/jungledragon_december_2015_photo_contest_winner_announcement.html
    Posted 3 years ago
  7. Congratulations everyone - beautiful photos! Posted 3 years ago
  8. Congratulations! Is a really beautiful image! :-) Posted 3 years ago
  9. thanks everyone! incredibly happy and this is a huge encouragement for me to keep shooting! Posted 3 years ago
  10. Congratulations everyone :) Posted 3 years ago
  11. Pfft! - the kids been at the crayfish with the crayons again :)

    Dave
    Posted 3 years ago
  12. Magnificent animal.. great photo. Posted 3 years ago

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''Odontodactylus scyllarus'', known as the peacock mantis shrimp, harlequin mantis shrimp, painted mantis shrimp, or clown mantis shrimp, is a large mantis shrimp native to the Indo-Pacific from Guam to East Africa.

In the saltwater aquarium trade, it is both prized for its attractiveness and considered by others to be a dangerous pest.

Similar species: Mantis Shrimps
Species identified by nehteak
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By nehteak

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Uploaded Dec 18, 2015. Captured Nov 23, 2014 09:48 in Western Nautical Hwy, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.
  • Canon PowerShot G15
  • f/3.5
  • 1/60s
  • ISO80
  • 11.509mm