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The Mantis Shrimp Is The True King Of The Sea — All Hail The Mantis Shrimp!

DECEMBER 4, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

Most people consider sharks, whales, and giant squid to be the kings of the sea, but if you ask me, I'd appoint the mantis shrimp as the premier ruler of the deep.

Not only does it look like something that Godzilla would fight, but it also has powerful claws that can rip flesh from prey like a banana peel. Mantis shrimps are just too cool.

Mantis shrimp can grow anywhere between 3.9 and 15 inches, though the largest one ever caught was 18 inches long!

In Australia, they're sometimes known as "thumb splitters," since their powerful claws often make huge gashes in people's hands when they try to pick them up.

There are over 400 species of mantis shrimp, and they come in all kinds of colors. Some even light up to attract mates.

Now for some action! Here is a mantis shrimp taking on a giant crab:

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More crustacean battles. Mantis shrimp, I choose you!

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Move over King Trident -- it's time for the true king of the sea to take his crown. All hail the mantis shrimp!