This Tiny Animal Has The World’s Fastest Punch


A little 4-inch-long jail breaker is known for having the ocean’s fastest punch. Why a ‘jailbreaker’, you wonder? Because this species is notorious for literally punching through and breaking out of their enclosures made of thick glass. 

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The Mantis Shrimps or stomatopods are marine crustaceans and are also called prawn killers in Australia। They have now earned a new name – thumb splitters – because, as hard to believe as it is, their punches can slice a human thumb open, down to its bone, in milliseconds! Their punch is so powerful that they can easily smash through a snail’s shell and even break chunks out of a rock wall.

These tiny crustaceans have produced one of the fastest recorded movements in the animal kingdom. The punch? It  has the same acceleration as a 22 caliber bullet, which means it can deliver a blow of 15,000 Newtons, a force that is 2,500 times the shrimp’s weight! 

So how is it able to do that?

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The shrimp’s forelimbs are hinged and folded under its head, and the animal uses a biological spring, latch system to keep it tucked and ready to unfurl whenever needed. So, when that latch releases, the lower arm shoots out and acts as a club with so much force that it is able to break through barriers. A peacock mantis shrimp can pack a 50-mph punch! 

So, what if a human could punch like a mantis shrimp? 

Well, that force would equate to 3.5 gigapascals, which is around 5 million times more than the fastest punch by a human ever recorded.

We suppose this shrimp could be a supershrimp.

Don’t believe us? Check out this video and see for yourself!

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