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Tiger Snapping Shrimp/Tiger Pistol Shrimp

Alpheus bellulus


This type of pistol shrimp has a symbiotic relationship with the goby pictures in the foreground. The amazing thing about the pistol shrimp is its enlarge claw that makes a snapping noise. According to wikipedia "the snap can also produce sonoluminescence from the collapsing cavitation bubble. As it collapses, the cavitation bubble reaches temperatures of over 5,000 K (4,700 °C). In comparison, the surface temperature of the sun is estimated to be around 5,800 K (5,500 °C)."


Coral Reef. Saw this at Bethlehem.

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Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 14, 2015
Submitted on Mar 17, 2015

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