Mantis Shrimp fights are long, brutal, but not fatal (VIDEO).

Mantis Shrimp Fight Club Is One of the Animal Kingdom's Most Intense (Video)

Mantis Shrimp Fight Club Is One of the Animal Kingdom's Most Intense (Video)

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Sept. 30 2015 4:29 PM

Mantis Shrimp Are Vicious, Powerful, Enduring Fighters

One fight club we need to talk about.

Mantis shrimp was brutal fighters, as this footage shows.
You don't want to fight a mantis shrimp.

Courtesy of Biology Letters

You might expect mantis shrimp, with their rounded claws capable of delivering shockwave-producing blows, to fight each other in short and gory bouts of dominance. But researchers in Biology Letters tell a different story: When mantis shrimp of the same sex were placed in a small tank and fought over a simulated nesting site, the winner was the shrimp with more stamina. Meaning, they don’t need to hit each other harder, so much as keep the punches flying. Hammering away with their raptorial appendages, the tiny crustaceans defended themselves by directing their opponent’s blows toward a region of their tale known as the telson.

That’s an impressive shield. Mantis shrimp strikes are so fast and powerful, they reach up to 51 miles per hour at accelerations more than 10,000 times that of gravity, enough to shatter snail shells and aquarium glass … just in case you were thinking of starting your own fight club at home.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.