Harlequin Mantis Shrimp~ The mantis shrimp has one of the most elaborate visual systems ever discovered. It moves so quickly that the water around it boils (this is called supercavitation). They also pack a serious punch that sends out shock waves through the water. These shock waves have been known to shatter aquarium glass. by rinjani
Peacock Mantis Shrimp. Looks sure are deceiving here because this guy is what's known as a smasher, with club shaped raptorial appendages that it uses to repeatedly smash its prey until it can gain access to the soft tissue for consumption. It is reported to have a "punch" of over 50mph. The fastest punch of any living animal.
These special arthropods (stomatopods) have 16 visual pigments! We only have four, and we can see millions of colors. Their vision is hyperspectral, they can see ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, as well as polarized light. They have a very large focal range and the eyes can emit light, which is used for communication. They have the most complex visual organs on the planet. clairevictoria