Mantis Shrimp are amongst the most ferocious and powerful predatory animals in the ocean. They pack an awesome punch or spearing abilty to damage and kill prey for food. Their eyes are amazing with the field of vision for each eye almost covering the whole sphere.
At Uepi we commonly see two fairly plain species. We also see huge Mantis Shrimp holes big enough to easily stick your whole arm down, but have never see the actual animal, at day or at night.
But this especially beautiful species of Mantis Shrimp is rarely seen. To see it come out of its hole is special. To see it attacking a hermit crab and hear it striking, (luckily for the crab it was in a strong shell and escaped) is very special. To film it even more so.