Marine Life in Kenting National Park

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Kenting, Taiwan -- Encounter with a mantis shrimp.<br />
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These colorful shrimp are rather large (up to 20 cm) and absolutely phenomenal animals.<br />
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Their eyes can be rotated by up to 180 degrees, and they are very fast swimmers.<br />
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Some species have mantis-like pincers, while others bludgeon their prey. They strike with an unbelievable speed and force! This striking movement was recently measured as the fastest movement in the animal kingdom - the attack is over in less than 1/20000 (in words: one twenty-thousandth!) of a second. Bludgeoning individuals have even been known to shatter the glass of aquarium tanks! WOW!