PHOTOS: Tiny Tropical Island Yields a Wealth of Species

PHOTOS: Tiny Tropical Island Yields a Wealth of Species
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The snapping shrimp, also known as a pistol shrimp, uses its distinctive, large claw to produce a powerful sound to stun small prey or to communicate.

The sound is produced when it quickly closes the claw. Research suggests this forms a tiny air bubble that collapses with a pop.

The snapping shrimp lives among crinoids, primitive starfish relatives often called sea lilies or feather stars, which protect it from predators.
—Photograph by Dr Tin-Yam Chan, University of Keelung
 
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