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A Peacock Mantis Shrimp clutches her eggs

A Mother's Clutch

The peacock mantis shrimp packs quite a punch. A voracious predator, they will club the shells of crabs and clams until they can get at the soft bodies underneath. Their crushing arms can snap with the acceleration of a 22 caliber bullet.

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