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Fun Fact September 4, 2020.

4 September 2020


So, you think you can throw a fast punch?  Not as fast as this little critter.  They are only about four inches long but according to the magazine Science, the Mantis Shrimp has the quickest and most powerful punch of any creature.  There is one account of a Mantis shrimp named Tyson, named after heavy weight boxer Mike Tyson, who punched so hard that he actually broke out of his enclosure which was made of quarter inch thick glass.  There are about 450 species of Mantis shrimp.  They are aggressive solitary crustaceans who live in intricate burrows on the sea bed.  Like most shrimp species, they are eatable, if you can catch them without being TKO’d.  So, how fast is a punch from a Mantis shrimp?  Fifty miles per hour, faster than a .22 bullet.