Pistol Shrimp: The Super-Powered Crustacean

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  • Published: 16 July 2018
  • Meet the Pistol Shrimp, a tiny shrimp that hunts using weaponized bubbles.
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    Examining the nature of the beast.

Comments • 2 721

  • Aliaksandr Krasko
    Aliaksandr Krasko  47 less than a minute back

    Pistol shrimp + Gobi fish: name a more iconic duo

    • UKnowJuan Gaming
      UKnowJuan Gaming  3 hours back

      did you just said "weaponized bubbles, that is hot as the surface of the sun"?! holy sh*t
      00:8

      • Josiah Sytsma
        Josiah Sytsma  9 hours back

        Stop with the really terrible pop culture reference jokes

        • Paul Schwartz
          Paul Schwartz  17 hours back

          Bro it’s just Caesar’s bubble hamon

          • Aldo Vazquez
            Aldo Vazquez  2 days back

            "Break yo self foo"🦐🔫

            • Aldo Vazquez
              Aldo Vazquez  2 days back

              Ghetto shrimp 🍤 scampi yuuuuummm.

              • Rob Carter
                Rob Carter  3 days back

                Mantis shrimp need a video, just on their eyesight

                • slovan01
                  slovan01  5 days back

                  ⍑ᒷꖎ!¡ ᒲᒷ ᒲᒷ ⍑ᒷꖎ!¡
                  ᒲᒷ ⍑ᒷꖎ!¡ ᒲᒷ ⍑ᒷꖎ!¡ ᒲᒷ
                  ⍑ᒷꖎ!¡ ᒲᒷ ᒲᒷ ᒲᒷ ᒲᒷ ᒲᒷ ⍑ᒷꖎ!¡ ⍑ᒷꖎ!¡

                  • Sven
                    Sven  1 weeks back

                    **sneaks pistol shrimp onboard airplane** you fool. You fell for one of the classic blunders.

                    • Dark Horse
                      Dark Horse  2 weeks back

                      One Snap Man....

                      Sorry Shrimp !!!!!

                      • Petrico94
                        Petrico94  2 weeks back

                        Too many bad pop culture references

                        • Rodge Ibias
                          Rodge Ibias  2 weeks back

                          Hi HAHA

                          • yep
                            yep  3 weeks back

                            The flash of light is produced because the water molecules are splitting apart into hydrogen and ogygen and the temperature rises so quickly that the gasses super heat and create a burning hot plasma, it last a brief moment because the water around it is so much denser that it absorbs the heat milliseconds later. That high velocity jet of plasma is the the shrimps real weapon. How that evolved is a true wonder of nature.

                            • Cursed Jaxondorf
                              Cursed Jaxondorf  3 weeks back

                              It's the compression of the electrons in the water that causes the light. That's why there is a weir light before a tsunami

                              • Alvaro Ramirez
                                Alvaro Ramirez  3 weeks back

                                Say it with me, Bearded
                                Dragons



                                Ples

                                • Meek Memes
                                  Meek Memes  4 weeks back

                                  Kid: Mom i dont want to turn off the ps4
                                  Mom: Im gunna beat you but not with a belt
                                  Kid: then what are yo—
                                  Mom: *pulls* *out* *pistol* *shrimp*
                                  Kid: *dead*

                                  • Sri Fathonah
                                    Sri Fathonah  4 weeks back

                                    The mantis srimp

                                    • kewl buddha boi
                                      kewl buddha boi  4 weeks back

                                      Reminds me of a certain pokemon.

                                      • Tachibana Hosuke
                                        Tachibana Hosuke  4 weeks back

                                        A real life Clauncher

                                        • [Insert Creative Name]
                                          [Insert Creative Name]  4 weeks back

                                          How we think pistol shrimps got their power:
                                          *Physics*
                                          How they actually got their power:
                                          7:00

                                          • Sunny Mu Ni9hty
                                            Sunny Mu Ni9hty  4 weeks back

                                            This remind me of [Imagine Breaker]

                                            • MAZZU !!
                                              MAZZU !!  1 months back

                                              Sex pistols is stay cat

                                              • SmashKing17
                                                SmashKing17  1 months back

                                                The immortal iron shrimp fist...anyone , anyone?

                                                • malphas phenex
                                                  malphas phenex  1 months back

                                                  thats the coolest the thing tshirt i have ever seend

                                                  • Ashton Ellison
                                                    Ashton Ellison  1 months back

                                                    Like the cat plant from Jojo Part 4

                                                    • bigmac 707
                                                      bigmac 707  1 months back

                                                      Mantis shrimp vs a Pistol shrimp who y’all got?

                                                      • blacksmith bones
                                                        blacksmith bones  1 months back

                                                        Shrimpo hunter

                                                        • doug conway
                                                          doug conway  1 months back

                                                          sure looks like claws to me....

                                                          • Pure Male
                                                            Pure Male  1 months back

                                                            Great subject but this girl drives me insane. I have to stop and move to bbc videos. If she just narrated in the background itd be cool, but these constant narcissistic cuts to her wanna be clever “one liners” is annoying af.

                                                            • Ludaone 1
                                                              Ludaone 1  1 months back

                                                              Where tf is the *Shotty shrimp?*

                                                              • Kelvin Chiu
                                                                Kelvin Chiu  1 months back

                                                                Put this with a mantis shrimp... O_O

                                                                • ZzKkCcSsIX
                                                                  ZzKkCcSsIX  1 months back

                                                                  I want a pistol shrimp & Gobi fish Pixar movie

                                                                  • Lord of Tartar Sauce
                                                                    Lord of Tartar Sauce  1 months back

                                                                    Okay, you had me til you started spouting stupid pokemon and rick and morty memes, reel it in, please.

                                                                    • EL Donjuan
                                                                      EL Donjuan  1 months back

                                                                      I enjoy watching your videos

                                                                      • Albert's Pet
                                                                        Albert's Pet  1 months back

                                                                        oh Corfish is Real!!

                                                                        • Papi_ Spaghetti
                                                                          Papi_ Spaghetti  1 months back

                                                                          Bruh they need to be removed in the next update, they are too op

                                                                          • slovan01
                                                                            slovan01  2 months back

                                                                            Ⓑⓤⓑⓑⓛⓔⓢ!

                                                                            • Ryan Chong
                                                                              Ryan Chong  2 months back

                                                                              Clawitzer in it's first form.

                                                                              • AJ Nowell
                                                                                AJ Nowell  2 months back

                                                                                Mantis shrimp for the win

                                                                                • Just A Dio Who's A Hero For Fun

                                                                                  Bruh it's Clauncher from Pokemon

                                                                                  • 8 Bitfan
                                                                                    8 Bitfan  2 months back

                                                                                    AHAHAAA AAH DAS HOT,DAS HOT

                                                                                    • ব্যাচেলরস ডায়েরি

                                                                                      You are my crush 😍😍

                                                                                      • Cam Lau
                                                                                        Cam Lau  2 months back

                                                                                        Kingler use bubble beam

                                                                                        • GamGam Honkboi
                                                                                          GamGam Honkboi  2 months back

                                                                                          Does it’s little superpower work above water?

                                                                                          • Mandana Rostam
                                                                                            Mandana Rostam  2 months back

                                                                                            I want to eat memesh oiled legs in iranian dish now

                                                                                            • Mandana Rostam
                                                                                              Mandana Rostam  2 months back

                                                                                              Shemesh it has loooong OILED SHRIMP LEGS that I will Eat in my Favorite Iranian Dish....

                                                                                              • Gulrez Khan
                                                                                                Gulrez Khan  2 months back

                                                                                                OMG I stared into the sun for too long.

                                                                                                • Adrian Odle
                                                                                                  Adrian Odle  2 months back

                                                                                                  Anyone remember the name of that pokemon similar to this?...no not kingler the one from ruby and sapphire