A warning has been issued regarding potentially dangerous shrimp species in US waters.
Off the coast of South Carolina, the crustacean has a unique set of “thumb cutters” that can slice human fingers to the bone.
Mantis shrimp with a unique set of “thumb splitters” capable of cutting human fingers into bone have been found off the coast of South CarolinaCredit: Getty
According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), the flat-topped coastal creature called mantis shrimp can be eaten — but they don’t have much meat and aren’t considered to be of good quality.
As stomatopods, the creatures aren’t even technically shrimp. Instead, they are distant relatives of crab, lobster, and shrimp.
They got their name because they look like a cross between a praying mantis and a shrimp.
With over 450 species of mantis shrimp around the world, they are a common sight that can be seen in a variety of colors and can grow to between 12 and 15 inches in length.
It’s the claw of the kind that the fisherman needs to see.
The Washington Post wrote, “The title of the fastest strike in the animal kingdom is firmly held by the peacock mantis shrimp, whose club-like appendages reach the speed of a .22-caliber snail and easily smash and crush human fingers.” Can cut. Bone.”
According to Earthsky.com, the mantis shrimp uses two types of prey to gather its food – spears or batons.
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation says the mantis shrimp have calcified front legs that they use to deliver a powerful strike.
With sharp front legs, mantis shrimp spear predators and pierce prey.
The Lamar University Department of Biology says mantis shrimp can attack at high speeds.
Their experts say, “They have a unique set of ‘thumb splitters,’ or small appendages, which they use to crack open or crack open the shells of other crustaceans to gain food and nutrients.”
“They are the fastest known creatures because of their fast stinging appendages that can reach 170 miles per hour.”
Carnivorous crustaceans often migrate to local waters along the coast of South Carolina and the southeastern United States and can be found in shallow tropical or subtropical waters.
According to the university, shrimp aren’t all evil.
Mantis shrimp have ecological importance for their coral reefs.
This is because they are sensitive to environmental pollutants in the area and their behavior can indicate when conditions might be getting worse.