This weeks colorful adventure is taking us under water to the tropical home of the Mantis shrimp, or Hoplocarida Stomatopod. These colorful beauties are most famous for their amazing claws, which they use to bludgeon their prey. Their claws have been clocked from a standing start at speeds comparable to the of firing a .22 caliber bullet. Wikipedia mentions their incredible destructive power: "Although it happens rarely, some larger species of mantis shrimp are capable of breaking through aquarium glass with a single strike from this weapon."
|The beautiful texture of the Mantis Shrimp eye via Meintank|
If you want to hear all about these amazing shrimp as well as the history of color science starting with Newton through the brains construction of color Radiolab has a great podcast all about it.
- Emily Eifler, Writer, Colour Studio
- Jill Pilaroscia, Principal, Colour Studio