Philippe Cousteau Reveals the Hidden Superpowers of a Shrimp

If you didn't already know that mantis shrimp are the superheroes of the sea, allow Jacques Cousteau's grandson Philippe to explain why. In the most recent episode of his series, The Aquatic World with Philippe Cousteau, the ocean conservationist and amateur comedian reveals that mantis shrimp possess superhuman powers (relatively speaking) of sight and strength that any Marvel character would envy.

Titled "And Just Like That, You're Stung," Cousteau opens the short video with an explanation on the mantis shrimp's ability to see more colors than we mere humans could imagine. "Humans can experience over 10 million colors," he says coolly. "It's rather amazing, but not to the mantis shrimp." The marine crustaceans have 16 color receptors in their eyes — the most of any animal in the world. Humans have only three. That means that our Technicolor is essentially the mantis shrimp's black-and-white.

Along with its amazing vision, the macho strength helps make the four-inch sea creature a super predator. It can strike its claw with the force of 335 pounds. As Cousteau illustrates: It only takes nine pounds of force to break a nose. With power like this, the mantis shrimp can nearly break through a block of cement (which requires a force of 400 pounds). Our host takes special care to point out that rebellious mantis shrimp in captivity have been known to break the walls of their aquarium tanks. I guess that means you should think twice before calling someone a shrimp.