If you read a scientific description of some of Bali’s ‘smashing’ shrimps, such as the Peacock Mantis (Odontodactylus scyllarus), it sounds a bit intimidating. The underwater dive experience couldn’t be further from the scientific truth – these critters don’t WANT to get in a fight, it’s just their defense mechanism.
Many mantis shrimps are impossible to keep in an aquarium (lucky for them!), because of their strength in smashing or spearing they can break the glass! A 50-mile per hour speed of it’s smashing technique to feed on prey is also used to protect itself from its predators. Keep at bay from these!
They’re fascinating, but they won’t ‘hang around’ if divers’ buoyancy is not at their peak performance, so contact our dedicated and passionate PADI Instructors at Bali Dream Divers for a refresher program if it’s been some time since your last dive adventure in Tulamben, Bali.