Pistol Shrimp

Submitted by: -NeonCarrot- 10 years ago in Science

Pistol shrimp blows a blast of water at a speed of 100km/h with temp 9900C.
There are 112 comments:
Male 910
Don`t listen to these idiots.. this has nothing to do with nuclear fusion. the surface of the sun is only 10,000 oF. the core, where nuclear fusion takes place is 25 million degrees. Nuclear fusion is hydrogen converting into helium under immense pressure and heat, none of those are present here. Fun fact, lightning is around 50,000 degrees.
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Male 564
One shrimp hunts another? ok
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Male 907
Nuclear fusion is how the sun produces energy and light. That shrimp can create a mini-sun that lasts for a millisecond.
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Male 591
Such.. stupid people..

1. The IMPLOSION of the bubble happens so fast it creates a nuclear fusion instantaneously, meaning that for a brief (very brief) second it goes away. Also, the temperature is of that VERY small space, jsut because something is extremely hot, doesn`t mean it has a lot of energy.

If I were to place an object.. that is burning at 700 or so degrees (not sure how hot it really gets but im going to use this) on top of a block of ice, or near enough to the ice where it gets the full effect of the heat, what will happen. The object would be cooled down and lose all its energy to the ice. Why?

The burning object was just a match, and the ice object was a 30lb ice sculpture. The ice sculpture (because of its size and mass) has far more energy then that lowly match, even if its only 20 degrees farenheit.

The same thing happens in this case, it MAYBE 9900 degrees, but the area is so small (microscopic) that the energy is lost in a split second when it expanded

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Female 123
where are we, the titanic...?
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Male 447
gimmie one and ill use it as a gun and kill fags
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Male 1,016
lmao

Numbuhzero

AAHAHAH

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Male 220
the surface temperture of the sun is about 5300`C
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Female 878
It`s a pokemon!
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Male 260
we humans r supposed 2 be the "superior race" when a goddam shrimp can reach the tempature of the sun by snapping its fingers????
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Male 557
im going to get a tank full of these things and use them to heat my pool!

... but it is just a little plastic ankle deep pool from wal-mart, but oh well, it will work!

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Male 577
wow thats amazing, even though ive haerd of it years ago
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Female 1,199
"Wow the shrimps can fire temperatures....OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!!!!"

lmao! You win XD

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Male 2,781
WHY DIDN`T THE OTHER SHRIMP GET VAPORIZED???
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Male 21
burst of bubbles at the temp. of the sun
imposterous
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Male 3,631
Always sucks for the victim...
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Male 175
thats quite something, I`ve never heard of the pistol shrimp. most of mankind`s technology is present in similar ways in nature. this would be another example:

fishing rods, a technology working in exactly the same way as this predator fish
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Male 1,496
Male 420
*cough* fake*cough
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Male 1,704
quality.. when there are tidal waves its caused by a few hundred of them doin their lil gun fingy at the same time in the same direction. FACT.
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Female 1,470
I dont belive its as hot as the sun, if so the thing would have been burnt, not shocked
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Male 1,496
lmao "it`s over nine thousaaaaand!" it`s that DBZ thing on the internetz.
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Male 382
Amazing! Imagine this creature, only forty times bigger.
...or not.
As for the real sound - it`s just a sharp click, or pop.
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Male 1,024
there`s a Sponge Bob episode in there somewhere...
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Male 298
wow...that was very intresting...B-|
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Male 2,958
haha
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Male 75
Yeah, it`s over 9000 degrees, but it`s a dry heat, so it only feels like around 8000
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Female 1,002
Ow
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Male 213
Where they on the Titanic or something? Haha I liked the shipwreck :P
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Female 876
That`s pretty sweet. ^^
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Male 188
Wish I could do that.
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Male 82
Hey! Sonoluminescent shrimp!
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Male 284
COOOOLLLLL! The sound effects made me laugh. Thats a pretty cool shrimp
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Male 2
Pistol shrimp pump on my lap at all times
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Male 779
Good call, B-Hazard. I was also having problems reading the other comments and watching the video! Thanks for clearing that up for us.
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Male 2,958
Upon further examination and a frame-by-frame analysis of the bubble`s structure, I`m going to venture a guess and say close to 9000C
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Male 59
wait im still confused how hot the water is , cuz no one has commented on it, can someone please tell me?
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Male 1,254
To anyone who was still wondering, or if it wasn`t answered, over 9000 C is hotter than the temperature at the surface of the sun. Lightning and I heard some sparklers (among other things too) are also hotter than the surface, which is 5770 K, which comes close to 6000 C I believe.

The core of the sun on the other hand reaches over 10 000 000 K, so yeah, I hope there aren`t any shrimp doing that.

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Male 876
That`s f*cking crazy! What if it shot you in the forehead, just a randome place to shoot!
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Male 70
that would really SUCK to get hit with that at point blank
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Female 130
mindmanifest

most pet stores that sell saltwater fish should either carry Pistol Shrimps or be able to get them. you have to have a saltwater set up for them and they require certain supplements (iodine is one of them) to be added to the water. saltwater aquarium keeping is a pricey but very rewarding hobby.

liveaquaria.com also has Pistol Shrimp.

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Male 79
wow.....wtf
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Male 49
Where can you buy them?
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Female 130
i had a Tiger Pistol Shrimp in my saltwater tank (back when i had a saltwater tank. damn you Katrina!). he had a symbiotic with my Yellow Watchman Goby. the shrimp would dig the tunnels using his claws like a bulldozer and the goby would keep watch. any time they were outside the tunnel, the shrimp would keep an antenna on the goby. if the goby started to retreat, the shrimp would duck away as well. it was a really neat relationship. i really loved that they got together just a day after i added the shrimp. natural instinct is cool!

he scared me a few times. i heard a snapping noise coming from the tank and i was afraid that the glass was cracking. turns out it was the shrimp warning off some of the larger fish that got too close to the tunnel entrance. i could hear it from several feet away from the tank if the room was fairly quiet.

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Male 52
i would not want to be around that thing.
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Male 270
A shrimp that exploits cavitation? Nice.
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Male 598
lame, that is so unimportant to anything its entirely too boring to be on i-am-bored.com
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Male 604
I blame the shrimpz for globul waming
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Male 2,958
I feel the undying need to tell everyone here that it reaches over 9,000C

I guess I just wanted to be the first and only one to say that.

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Male 59
actually it is hotter than the surface of the sun, which is estimated to be about 6000°C
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Female 135
its as hot as the sun??? thats crazy...can we get something that hot? even in like a contained area??
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Male 12
What exactaly make the water so hot?
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Female 359
Woah! That shrimp just popped a cap in that other shrimp`s ass!

That was awesome, I`d like to read more into the physics of that attack.

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Female 198
Yikers.

That would be freaky to be scuba diving near the sea bottom when the scuba teacher tells you that there is pistol shrimp nearby..

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Female 590
Wow I didn`t believe it until I read the Wikipedia article on it. That`s nuts.
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Male 325
the shrimp is kinda sh*t if it has to attack big prey

it would feel like a pinch if he did that to a shark

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Male 315
Okay, the crabs can do it...
So when do we get too?
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Male 266
the heat of the sun? thats hot....:-O
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Male 209
8th grade Science says that with high pressure in an enclosed space, the contents will heat up, So the air inside of an airtight container that is 100 psi is much hotter than the air in another container that has 20 psi. The same can be said with a small space with the equal amount pressure as a larger space. So, a 1 inch-cubed space with the same pressure as a 100 inch- cubed space is much hotter.
So if the pistol shrimp can manage to make a miniscule bubble with intense pressure, then I guess it could make intense heat.
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Female 2,084
what if one shoots a person?
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Male 300
Now I`m hungry for sea food.
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Male 1,016
aahaha,....its funny all theese people saying "over niiine thouuusannd!!!!!"

in the comments.....Yes...I get it..I know where its from...wheres it from ?

I know....

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Male 400
Nice!
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Male 167
pfff, nothing compared to the bazooka shrimp. those bitches can knock out a sub 12km away.
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Female 1,134
@ ggolbez
in the mear future i think humans will have that if there mutated.....yep its human cruelty
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Male 1,931
Why haven`t we made weapons like these? Oh yea... human cruelty laws.. Damn it.
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Male 19
IT`S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAND!
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Male 1,364
now that is coool
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Male 46
How come the shrimp who fires these bubbles doesn`t feel the heat?
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Male 1,455
I hate the stupid sound effects. That shooting noise is actually an AK-47 being fired.
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Male 901
It`s over NINE THOUSAAAND!!
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Female 1,832
VERY cool video! I didn`t know there were shrimp like that! Yay I learned something, lol!

"Printers reach up to 9 TIMES the heat of the sun! Not kidding. Can you guys pleeeease check out my profile??? :)"

OK 2 things :
#1 - Don`t you mean Pincers? There aren`t any printers underwater, lol (at least I don`t think so. You know something I don`t??)
#2 - Why do you want people to look at your profile? There isn`t anything to look at on it but ONE picture!! Sure got me to look though didn`t it? LOL!

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Male 632
dragonball z shrimps
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Male 4,246
I`ve heard of these shrimp (thanks to The Book of General Ignorance), but them using their claws as a Sonic Weapon (btw, AWESOME!!! :-D ) is news to me. Unless I just don`t recall that page.
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Male 553
i thought the sun tempreture would be higher than 9900C :-O
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Male 4,546
"Are you sure you are asian?"

Well, when I think of super water pressure I don`t associate it with scuba depths (~300 feet max for safety?). I was expecting it to need much more depth than that to have that effect.

And I never call myself Asian but they didn`t have Middle East in the drop down menu. :P

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Female 1,211
Dang..
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Female 1,496
"My only guess to the plausibility of that is water pressure maybe, but there was a diver in scuba gear, so it can`t be all that deep either."

Are you sure you are asian?

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Male 220
The fact that it reaches the surface temperature of the sun has no significance at all, as it goes away right away.
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Male 39
Printers reach up to 9 TIMES the heat of the sun! Not kidding. Can you guys pleeeease check out my profile??? :)
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Male 2,372
I hate pistol shrimp.

They`re always getting into your closets and whatnot and creating trouble.

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Male 2,486
There`s also a fish called a Watchman Goby, that they have a symbiotic relationship with.

The Goby stands watch outside of the hovel (the shrimp have VERY poor eyesight) and alerts the shrimp of danger, while the shrimp provides a hole for the gobi to hide in, and will blast any crazy muthaf*ckas that get too close.

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Male 1,550
Nature is amazing
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Male 902
SHORYUKEN!!

Oh shi- wrong one.

Screw it, I always liked Guile. SONIC BOOM!!

Come on, backflip so fast that the guy falls down 30 feet away? That`s the definition of badass.

The shrimp was cool, too.

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Male 2,486
It should be called the Hadouken Shrimp for obvious reasons.

That is BADASS though.

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Male 185
In other words, comme homme haaa.. for dbz fans.
Anyway i want to become one of them when i`m reincarnated.
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Female 344
What an exquisite trick~
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Male 1
Its not that far fetched. It most likely uses a mechanic often called "Bubble Fusion"

:-P
Wikipedia Article on Bubble Fusion

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Female 748
He`s a bad mutha effer.
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Male 240
The sound effects were poo, I wanna hear the real thing
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Male 452
OMFW W00t 4 real!?! Cooool!
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Male 908
O_O Wow....now we just need to harvest them and mutate them to make them human sized so we can transplant those on to our body and do RYU`s Hadouken at each other ...if you guys catch my drift
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Male 4,546
The temperature of the sun?

My only guess to the plausibility of that is water pressure maybe, but there was a diver in scuba gear, so it can`t be all that deep either.

But it is backed up. It should be noted though that they`re only talkin about it being that temperature in an extremely small portion of an extremely small bubble, for an extremely small amount of time.

And it`s not using the heat to hurt it`s prey, it uses the sonic blast.

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Male 49
Whoa. Although I don`t understand how bubbles popping causes an implosion. Maybe it`s because they`re so far underwater?
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Male 97
TEACH THE SHRIMP TO BE EMO!!!!!

BOOM! insta-shrimp!

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Female 15
that doesnt make sense sorry. hott bubbles from a claw being shut? o ok
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Male 103
This so much reminds me of Gym Class on www.oldeenglish.org
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Female 781
Is this more Planet Earth stuff? Looks like an awesome series.
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Female 198
ooh how i adore bbc lol
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Male 429
Wow the shrimps can fire temperatures....OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!!!!
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Female 650
gah!
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Male 151
Ok... doubt its `the temperature of the sun.`
More like, `the researchers were on crack.`
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Male 35
haha if i had hands like that.......
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Male 209
That`s almost 100 times the temperature of water at its boiling point! Yikes
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Female 781
Is this more Planet Earth stuff? Looks like an awesome series.
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Male 72
That was cool! I want one as a pet now...
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Male 165
Nine-thousand, nine-hundred degrees celcius?
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Male 3,255
R.O.F.L.

I want a claw like that!

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Male 69
Ha, very interesting. Seafood wave guns.
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Female 52
W..T...F...
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Male 203
nice post, im nice, i love my legs
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Male 1,496
Link: Pistol Shrimp [Rate Link] - Pistol shrimp blows a blast of water at a speed of 100km/h with temp 9900C.
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