Alpheid shrimp are a type of snapping shrimp, which have a specialized claw to create a blast of pressure to stun or kill their prey. This motion can also create sonoluminescence, a burst of light from a collapsing cavitation bubble. While the light is not visibile to the naked eye, the pistol shrimp is the only known organism to create light in this way. They are also among the loudest critters in the ocean, competing with whales for the amount of noise they create. Enjoy this unneccessarily melodramatic, but still very cool, video:
* Some other notable features of snapping shrimp. Some have been known to share burrows with gobies in a symbiotic relationship. The crustacean does the digging and the gobey serves as an early warning sign for danger.
* Some species of the genus Synalpheus exhibit large scale social behavior much like insects, with a queen, workers and soldiers living in colonies of hundreds.
* Mr. Snappy and friends are known to transform their puny claw into their “hadoken” claw when the original is removed.
* Alpheid shrimp are the most delicious of all sonoluminescent animals!