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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

The Pistol Shrimp

The pistol shrimp is about the size of a dime, but it has a giant freako-deeko claw capable of snapping shut so quickly that it emits a blast sound reaching 218 decibels (louder than a gun shot) and that ejects microscopic bubbles that travel at such a velocity that it (no joke) reaches A TEMPERATURE HOTTER THAN THE SURFACE OF THE SUN. That’s usually at least enough to ward off would be predators or to whip their prey into a “what the heck just freaking happened” like stupor, so that they can come in for the kill.

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