Mantis shrimp have always been the coolest animal in the universe (don’t bother arguing this point), but now everyone finally seems to be aware of this fact.
All it took was being feature by one of my favorite webcomics, The Oatmeal.
This is a great piece of pop-science art. Sure it is rife with misconceptions, but it has also driven interest in these animals through the roof. Google search traffic for “mantis shrimp” is at an all time high, and traffic to my blog has spiked quite a bit as a result. Hopefully all this interest will lead some people to learn more about the Worlds Best Animal (TM).
Here are a couple of my favorite bits from the comic: