The pistol shrimp may look like any other shrimp, but it is in fact a scary animal to come up against. The pistol shrimp is small yes, but they have a claw that they snap together which then produces a cavitation bubble that can shock or kill its prey. The bubble can travel up to 60 miles per hour and create a sound that reaches 218 decibel (decibels needed to burst a human eardrum are 160) so this little creature can really pack a punch. While the bubble collapses the pressure and temperature of the vapor increases to insane amounts, the heat produced is around 4,700 degrees Celsius (the sun's surface is 5,500 Celsius)! It doesn't melt everything, but if you are in the line of fire you probably aren't going to survive.
This shrimp is quite adaptable as well; if their claw gets cut off it can use its smaller claw until the main claw regrows. This shrimp shouldn't be called pistol shrimp it should be called super shrimp!
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