Friday, 31 July 2009

The Pistol Shrimp - A Badass Lil Mo Fo

Many are deceived by the small size of the Pistol Shrimp - the lumpy shape by the pistol shrimp's head is its claw. It's specially modified to blow the shit out of its opponent by snapping shut so quickly it produces a flash of light and a blast of sound reaching 218 decibels, which science says is louder than a gunshot.

The sound isn't caused by the claws snapping together, but rather a jet of water which is shot at 60 mph. Due to the, um, "underwateriness" of the action scene, a low pressure bubble is formed and the sound is created when the bubble collapses. And the sound is so powerful it stuns the opponent into a somewhat retarded stupor, leaving Mr. Pistol to reap the rewards and tuck into a lovely comatose crustacean snack.

The sheer force of the bubble collapse means it reaches temperatures up to 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the surface of the sun.

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