Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimps have the ability to stun their prey from a distance.

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+4 1. Brejn commented 14 years ago

omg! No way!
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0 2. KISTA105 commented 14 years ago

Haha I`havent seen so strange animal. It looks like John Wayne! >:)
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0 3. Ramparts commented 14 years ago

haha! this must be a joke!
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+4 4. yuriythebest commented 14 years ago

seems real to me. from the looks of it seems like a bbc documentary
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+6 5. BombDiggady commented 14 years ago

Holy crap!
That is freaking awesome!
But they used the sound of the AK-47 in Counter-strike: Source for one of the sounds of the "pistol" claws.
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+1 6. TeePee2 commented 14 years ago

Yeah it is freaky. I've check it our in some reference material and wikipedia and its true. Maybe we can get these little guys to fight the wars for us.
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+2 7. NMY commented 14 years ago

The shrimp snaps a specialized claw shut to create a cavitation wave that generates acoustic pressures of up to 80 kPa at a distance of 4 cm from the claw. The pressure wave is strong enough to kill small fish.

For the first minute I thought it was fake.
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+1 8. Nateconq commented 14 years ago

That is crazy. We have some strange animals on this planet.
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+3 9. AL7AIR commented 14 years ago

@ Nateconq
Wait till you see the animals on the other one ;)
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+1 10. Cheezburgerz commented 14 years ago

I wonder if it actually makes that sound??? :O
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+1 11. zerorain commented 14 years ago

it does you just need to have a device that can pick it up cuz your ears cant.

you can actually buy these guys for a saltwater aquarium. but its one of the most expensive hobbies and addicting. :)
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+1 12. crispychicken commented 14 years ago

"as the bubbles collapse they momentarily reach the temperature of the sun"......bollocks....the snapping force of the pincer creates a concentrated jet of water that disorientates the prey, nothing more. the gun sound effects are lame.
a good video, but would be better without the embellishments.
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+1 13. ollyk commented 14 years ago

If anyone wants to know this series was called Weird Nature, shown on the BBC a few years ago. I highly recommend people here go looking for it (and it is available ;-) ) because the whole series was amazing from start to finish!
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+1 14. Slrman commented 14 years ago

The sound effects are fake, but the rest is real. It is not a concentrated jet of water at all, but the actual shock wave from the collapsing bubbles. Research this in Wikipedia or anywhere. You can Google "Pistol Shrimp" and find out all you want to know (and more, LOL)
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+1 15. bloodgulch commented 14 years ago

wonder if would numb your finger
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+2 16. DeadMix commented 14 years ago

I'll bet it'd sting a little. But the whole "temperature of the sun" thing sounds like bullshit, even if it is less than a second.
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+1 17. Dex11 commented 14 years ago

NOJOKE!!! This must be true! Tell me whi not!! Do you have a pruve?? :(
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+1 18. hwallbanger commented 14 years ago

wonder what it really sounds like.
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+1 19. SpikedSilver commented 14 years ago

Just wait a few years and we finally did pollute oceans enough to kill such nice creatures.
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0 20. Verkins commented 14 years ago

^No way, they are a treat to our GODLY CREATED existence. They must cease to exist.
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+3 21. Carxav commented 14 years ago

The temperature of the sun? and be able to produce it more than once! wtf are those claws made of?
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+1 22. Kicker23 commented 8 years ago

#12 Not necessarily bollocks.. The collapse of such generated bubbles is indeed purported to create high temperatures - its called sonoluminescence:

(I agree with you about the other embellishments though).
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+1 23. buckleg08 commented 325 days ago

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0 24. krazeeeyez commented 325 days ago

Pretty sure that's the fella I met down that dark alley.