Mantis shrimp smashes clam shell

Date:5 July 2012 Tags:,

The 10 cm-long mantis shrimp is equipped with a bright orange fist-like club that accelerates under water faster than a .22-calibre bullet. Repeated blows can destroy mollusc shells and crab exoskeletons, both of which have been studied for decades for their impact-resistant qualities.

A team of researchers at the University of California at Riverside Bourns College of Engineering believe military body armour and vehicle and even aircraft frames could be transformed by incorporating the unique structure of the shrimp’s club – a highly complex weapon comprised of three specialised regions that work together to create a structure tougher than many engineered ceramics.

In this video, a mantis shrimp destroys a clam shell with its hammer…

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