If your arms could be as fast as those of a mantis shrimp, you could send a ball to the moon in a throw.
Mantis shrimps are aggressive relatives of crabs and lobsters and prey upon other animals by crippling them with devastating jabs.
This species has one of the fastest and most powerful punches in nature. It can throw a punch at a speed of 50 miles per hour.
The punch is so fast that it creates a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a shock wave that stuns prey. The mantis shrimp’s punch is so powerful that it can break through aquarium glass.
This is possible thanks to an ingeniously simple energy storage system. Once the arm is cocked, a ratchet locks it firmly in place. The large muscles in the upper arm then contract and build up energy. When the latch is released, all this energy is released at once and the lower arm is launched forwards.