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We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

169. Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)


Subject: The Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is not a shrimp but a Stomatopod. Like a spring-loaded mechanism, the arms of this flamboyant coloured critter are able to smash through shells and can inflict severe wounds to any potential predator. They are also known for having very elaborated and advanced eyesight.

Technique: Usually I would have anticipated the movement of the mantis shrimp but for no reason at all I stopped my camera’s movement at exactly the same time when the stomatopod decided to make a fast u-turn. I guess sometimes you just need a little luck.