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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.

157. Unidentified Mantis Shrimp


Subject: Mantis Shrimp may be the least understood of all crustaceans. Unlike their name suggests they are not really shrimp but Stomatopods (shrimp have 5 pairs of walking legs, Stomatopods have only 3 pairs). There are four distinctive groups that are determined by the type of claws they possess; spearers, smashers, hatchets and spike smashers. These crustaceans have the most complex eyesight and visual system in the animal kingdom. This gives them an advantage when hunting. It also helps to spot potential danger and to avoid becoming prey themselves.

Technique: To make the critter stand out I slightly blurred the background. To accentuate the motion of the animals’ legs a rainmaker’s sound was added to the music.