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Shrimp which is 'louder than a gunshot' found in British waters

Great Britain
The shrimps, which are native to the sub-tropical seas of the Mediterranean, have only been recorded in UK waters a handful of times. They are INCREDIBLY RARE in British waters because the temperature is usually too cold. The one-inch long 'pistol shrimp' snaps its enlarged claw shut at such a speed that it produces a sound wave of up to 218 decibels. The ear-splitting sound shocks its prey before the shrimp uses its powerful claws to rip through crustacean and shellfish skeletons. Two of the crustaceans have been picked up two miles off Pendennis Point in Falmouth, Cornwall, and experts believe they are part of a thriving colony. "The fisherman brought in a bucket and I started to hear this cracking noise as if someone was popping bubble wrap. It wasn't until we unloaded the bucket that I realised the sound was coming from the shrimps snapping their claws together." "I have heard of yachtsmen being moored in a bay and not being able to sleep because of the noise these shrimps make." The species is likely to be seen in UK waters more and more as sea temperatures rise.

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