Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Posted by ChrisRoss on Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:24 am

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Peacock Mantis Shrimp  Odontodactylus scyllarus

A Peacock Mantis Shrimp peers out from it's burrow, these animals are not shrimp and are quite intelligent with extraordinary vision that can see in 16 different colours as well as circularly polarised light.  No one is really sure why their vision is apparently so advanced.

Their claws are used for smashing prey and strike with the speed of a rifle bullet and even if they miss the shock wave may break open their prey's shell.  They have been known to break aquarium glass.

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Olympus OM-D EM-1 MkII + 60mm macro.  INON strobes, Nauticam housing.

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by Mark Boranyak on Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:53 am
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Great shot. Thanks for sharing.

by Mike in O on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:58 am
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One of the best pics I have seen of this critter, with all that color, I am sure it would be a dynamite poster.

by LynnS on Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:39 pm
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Chris, amazing colors, markings and bodily structural components, an extraordinary creature and image.  Thanks for sharing your interesting info, great to see it peering out of its burrow.

by Tom Whelan on Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:54 pm
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Super image - what a gorgeous creature.

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by Ron Day on Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:14 pm
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Amazing photograph — wonderful color.

by joem on Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:49 am
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Amazing looking Shrimp, a beauty Chris.

by Matthew Pugh on Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:32 pm
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An extraordinary shot!

All the best

by rhighercat on Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:39 pm
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Superb capture of a beautiful creature! love the colors and details.

by Paul Rossi on Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:58 pm
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WOW.  One of the coolest underwater images I have ever seen - every color possible seems to be there, and your description is awesome.

by SMB on Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:41 pm
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Nice one Chris. These guys put on a show. Very crisp and well lit.

by Carol Clarke on Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:22 pm
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Brilliant capture of this crazy coloured hunter, Chris! Amazing shot.

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