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All pistol shrimp have one (Or sometimes two) oversized claw that create a cavitation bubble as it snaps shut. This bubble, very briefly reaches temperatures approaching that of the sun, about 4700 degrees Celsius. A loud "popping" noise is created as well. I've personally been shot by a randall's pistol shrimp a number of times and the pain generated is much like getting hit with a rubber band. It was a small area effect blast rather than a specific point. It should be noted that i got shot as i was handling it out of water. I don't know if it would've hurt more underwater and i'm not about to try.
Originally posted by baddmove
reply to post by jaynkeel
I heard but cannot verify..
it can blow a finger off?
is this true???
Originally posted by baddmove.....
...All pistol shrimp have one (Or sometimes two) oversized claw that create a cavitation bubble as it snaps shut....
...It should be noted that i got shot as i was handling it out of water....