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21 Mind-Blowing Superpowers in the Animal Kingdom

By Becky Ferreira Jul 29, 2013

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1. The Mantis Shrimp

You may have already heard about this seafaring bundle of badass from the Oatmeal. Whereas humans have only three color-receptive cones in our eyes — for red, blue, and green — the mantis shrimp has a set of 16! This little crustacean can see dozens of colors we have no name for, which perhaps explains why the shrimp itself is decked out in such radiant hues. But basking in an expanded color spectrum is not the mantis shrimp's only superpower. It also has one of the deadliest uppercuts in the animal world. Using what the Oatmeal rightfully calls its "murder sticks," it can bash its prey into oblivion. It's also super-strong, because why not?

Tags: animals, science, superpowers, slideshows, goats, spiders

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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