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    from telegraph.co.uk, courtesy fark.com:

    Bathers warned of kick-boxing shrimp
    By Richard Savill
    (Filed: 12/05/2004)

    Bathers have been warned to be on the lookout for "kick-boxing" shrimps after a pair of the rare species was discovered off Dorset.

    The mantis shrimps, usually found in tropical waters, are reputed to be able to deliver punches with the force of a small calibre bullet.

    Two of the three-inch long shrimps have been found in trawler nets in Weymouth Bay. Marine biologists believe that there may be a colony of them due to global warming.

    The shrimps have been put on public display in reinforced tanks at the SeaLife Centre at Weymouth. A spokesman said that if bathers saw the orange shrimps, they should approach them with caution.

    The bigger mantis shrimps are usually found in tropical areas around the equator. But the species found off the Dorset coast are probably from the Mediterranean.

    Chris Brown, the display supervisor at the centre, said: "As far as we know this species has never been found off Britain. It is rare for them to attack a human so we don't want to scare off holidaymakers. The only time there could be a problem is if you pick one up."

    Sheila Patek, a biologist of the University of California at Berkeley, said: "The speed of the strike exceeds most animal movements by far.

    "It has the swiftest, and perhaps the most brutal, attack of any predator."
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    Originally posted by bad news hughes
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    The mantis shrimps, usually found in tropical waters, are reputed to be able to deliver punches with the force of a small calibre bullet.

    Thats what i said on my post. Specifically its a .22 caliber punch. Now thats kick ass for an animal!:)
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