June 23rd, 2012
When you think of strong, powerful creatures, are shrimp the first animals that pop into your thoughts? No? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. However, that opinion might change a bit after you read about this recent discovery.
The Mighty Peacock Mantis Shrimp
First, the peacock shrimp isn’t really a shrimp, but it’s named that because it looks like one and it’s only a few inches long. However, scientists found out that despite being that tiny, it is an incredibly strong and powerful fighter.
Sort of like a boxer, this creature can punch at it’s prey or to defend itself over and over again, with little worry that it will crack or break. Scientists studied the claws under a microscope and found the claws have a unique structure that makes it so strong. In fact, they want to learn more about it so they can possibly use the same design to help improve body armor and other materials.
Besides being tough, this mantis shrimp is also super powerful for it’s size. When it strikes, the claw delivers 200 lbs of force onto whatever it is hitting or trying to crush. 200 pounds! Remember, it’s only 4 inches long! The strike also creates movement and bubbles in the water that creates at least a hundred pounds of pressure which could further damage anything that wasn’t hit directly.
Talk about small and mighty! Here is a link to the mantis shrimp story so you can see a picture of this special creature.
Sometimes, being small, has nothing to do with how strong an animal, or even a person, can be. If you ever feel like you’re too small, or too weak to do something, or to go through a tough time remember, as Christians, our strength comes from our mighty God. And He has promised to give us that strength to overcome the things that life can throw us sometimes.
The next time you see a tiny, yet powerful creature, remember, nothing is too little for our God to make strong.
Ephesians 6:13a (NIV) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of comes, you may be able to stand your ground.
Photo via Flickr.com by Pugno M