Natural Sunscreen Explains Mantis Shrimp's Amazing UV Vision

July 8, 2014 2:27 PM

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Natural Sunscreen Explains Mantis Shrimp's Amazing UV Vision

The bizarre visual system of the colorful mantis shrimp just got weirder: New research finds these animals use a natural sunscreen compound to see ultraviolet light.

Researchers knew that mantis shrimp, marine crustaceans sometimes known to crack aquarium glass with their powerful claws, had a very impressive visual system. The animals can see ultraviolet light, which is light with shorter wavelengths than humans can see. They can also see the orientation, or po...

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