Don’t Mess with this Peacock!
Monthly Marine Life is back! I decided to publish this monthly article every 19th of the month and this post is the third edition 🙂 This time I am sharing a little bit information on Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus). A beautiful marine crustacean that you don’t want to mess around with!
Peacock mantis shrimp is a native to the Indo-Pacific. I find this mantis shrimp is an amazing creature and not only me who do think so! Murray Rosenbaum in his article The Amazing Mantis Shrimp explains why this shrimp is the greatest creature on this planet. Personally, I can think of three reasons why I find the mantis shrimp is amazing.
First, peacock mantis shrimp is very pretty to see in its habitat: the ocean. It looks like an alien, isn’t it? I have seen it during my dive in Indonesia and the Philippines. It has striking colors on its shell that make it as the most outstanding mantis shrimps. There are more than 400 species of mantis shrimps, and the peacock is just one of them. When a mantis shrimp died and cooked, the color of its shell is changed, similar to lobsters and other marine crustaceans. In Japan, mantis shrimp sushi called as shako sushi.
Second, mantis shrimp has the best world’s eyes. While human eyes have three photoreceptors to be able to see red, green and blue then the mantis shrimp eyes have 16 photoreceptors. That means the mantis shrimp can see red, green, blue and 13 more colors that human can not have. I do wonder! Additionally, its eyes can see objects with three different parts of the same eye. In short, mantis shrimp has better sight from the eagles and most animals in the world plus us, human!
Third, despite its tiny size (max is 18 centimeters), mantis shrimp has the fastest punch and it is very strong! It has two raptorial appendages on the front of its body that could break glasses like showing in this video. There was a story that the peacock mantis kept in aquarium attacked its human to bleed when trying to clean the aquarium. The shrimp is very protective of its territorial. I was careful when taking its picture during my dive – I did not want to annoy the shrimp to break my camera lens!
A smart comic about the mantis shrimp created by the Oatmeal can be read here – Why the Mantis Shrimp is My New Favorite Animal.
Photos were taken in Lembeh Strait and Bangka Island (Indonesia).
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Great captures Indah! It looks too cute in the mean time it can make you run for your life.. Jeez..
Beautiful capture Indah! This looks too cute and colorful, in the mean time it can make you run for your like..
Thank you Jackson! Yes, it is bit tricky with shrimp.. just don’t underestimate its size 😉
waaahh aku pengen banget bisa diving supaya bisa liat yg begini begini nih… one day 🙂 thanks for sharing!
Sama-sama Christa..ayuk dong menyelam..Indonesia cakep banget buat diselami 🙂 yakin deh pasti kamu suka banget.. 😀
Interesting facts about this small creature. Yes, you don’t want to get a cut and attract any sharks. 🙂
Oohh..that would be a scuba diver’s nightmare!! 😀 😀
Oh my!! The other day I was checking your blog in case I missed any post…and I was already missing this marine life story series…glad you’re back with a new and very interesting one!! hahaha I loved this guy, such an interesting species, if I ever see one I remember not to annoy it 😉 which underwater camera do you use? its amazing the quality of your pictures, for now Im sticking to a gopro.
😉 Hope you will see it during your dive. It can move very fast so taking its picture quite a challenge 😉
I put all information on my photography gear in one of my pages – just check it below the about page – sorry I use mobilephone to reply now, bit tough to give the link 😦
Dutchie is the one who using GoPro and the result of video and photo from GoPro are excellent quality in my opinion. GoPro is more for wide angle while I am more into macro photography. Good lights and buoyancy are mandatory I think. If you don’t have any lights for your GoPro then I suggest to have one or two, that should improve your underwater photography/video 🙂
Ohh dont worry, I will take a look!! Thats amazing!! Yes, I heard something about filters and lights for GoPro, I need to make a research and order something to improve the photos.
Wow, you must have a great buoyancy for taking macro photos, because they are amazing!! Thank you so much for the helpful tips once again!! 😀
Sola lights are pretty awesome – I would recommend that very very much! Oh, I just realize that my uw photography is getting better when my buoyancy is improving..it’s a learning process anyway. I did have awful buoyancy before 😀 😀
Thats good to know!! Thank you for the tip 😀
Ohh yess, my buoyancy used to be veeery bad too hahaha… but these past dives it got better… but there is still a long way to go until its perfect 😀 we will get there!!!
😉 you will, I am sure of it!! xx
What a beautiful and amazing little creature! Thanks for sharing and teaching! 🙂
And thank you for your kind words Linda! Best wishes..
Haha, thanks for the warning! 😀
😉 glad to hear that!
Great write up on these fascinating creatures…and beautifully captured as always!