However, the mantis shrimp is an apex predator to this respect. Its blow can be seen sending water repels and heard for quite a distance underwater. Scientists are now looking at how this majestic sea creature can achieve such vicious blows.
Head researcher Professor David Kisailus has attributed this ability to a calcium based structure called herringbone structure. It is made from calcium and phosphorus that has crystallized forming a light yet extremely hard structure. This component is also found in the human bone though in lower concentrations. The herringbone structure enables the Mantis shrimp to deliver a punch similar to a 22 caliber bullet.
"This unique herringbone structure not only protects the club from failure," said Professor David Kisailus. But also enables the mantis shrimp to inflict incredible damage to its prey by transferring more momentum upon impact."
The researcher, implemented his data to a 3D projection to see how exactly they can use the information in mechanics. He believes that the first and most straightforward implementation would be construction helmets. The technology would enable the protective gear to be stronger and lighter, making the workers safer and more comfortable.