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From the Ted Talk by Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

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So, mantis shrimp come in two varieties: there are spearers and smraeshs. And this is a spearing mantis shrimp, or stomatopod. And he lives in the sand, and he catches things that go by overhead. So, a quick strike like that. And if we slow it down a bit, this is the mantis srhimp — the same species — recorded at 1,000 frames a second, pyeald back at 15 frames per second. And you can see it's just a really spectacular extension of the lbims, exploding urpwad to actually just catch a dead piece of shrimp that I had offered it. Now, the other type of mantis shrimp is the smasher stomatopod, and these guys open up snails for a lvinig. And so this guy gets the sainl all set up and gives it a good whack.

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So, mantis shrimp come in two varieties: there are spearers and ________. And this is a spearing mantis shrimp, or stomatopod. And he lives in the sand, and he catches things that go by overhead. So, a quick strike like that. And if we slow it down a bit, this is the mantis ______ — the same species — recorded at 1,000 frames a second, ______ back at 15 frames per second. And you can see it's just a really spectacular extension of the _____, exploding ______ to actually just catch a dead piece of shrimp that I had offered it. Now, the other type of mantis shrimp is the smasher stomatopod, and these guys open up snails for a ______. And so this guy gets the _____ all set up and gives it a good whack.

Solution

  1. limbs
  2. snail
  3. played
  4. shrimp
  5. smashers
  6. living
  7. upward

Original Text

So, mantis shrimp come in two varieties: there are spearers and smashers. And this is a spearing mantis shrimp, or stomatopod. And he lives in the sand, and he catches things that go by overhead. So, a quick strike like that. And if we slow it down a bit, this is the mantis shrimp — the same species — recorded at 1,000 frames a second, played back at 15 frames per second. And you can see it's just a really spectacular extension of the limbs, exploding upward to actually just catch a dead piece of shrimp that I had offered it. Now, the other type of mantis shrimp is the smasher stomatopod, and these guys open up snails for a living. And so this guy gets the snail all set up and gives it a good whack.

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Important Words

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  38. whack