The peacock mantis shrimp crushes its prey with punches from two hammer-like front appendages, which strike so fast that they boil the water around them, making the pounding even more severe. Crabs, mollusks and fish skulls shatter under the blow. Scientists have developed a tough new material inspired by the structure of the animal's super-resilient clubs. Read related article.

Source: Science magazine | Patterson Clark / The Washington Post April 26, 2014
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