The Top 10 Animal Superpowers
So you think Spiderman’s and Catwoman’s special powers are impressive. They’re nothing compared to what these creatures can do
- By Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian.com, December 06, 2012
The Hulk may smash, but punch for punch, this mantis shrimp may have him beat. Or it would if the Hulk was only a few inches tall. Scientists have clocked this punch at speeds of more than 50 feet per second, the fastest punch on record, with a peak acceleration more than 10,000 times that of gravity. Due to a phenomenon called cavitation, a bubble of air forms in front of the shrimp’s swiftly moving claw. When that bubble collapses, it produces a powerful shock wave that stuns, or even kills, the shrimp’s snail, crab or oyster prey.