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Wildlife on One (1977 - 2005): Fastest Claw in the West  (1985)

Wildscreen Festival 1986 Winners

Killer shrimps?  Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water along comes one of these deadly creatures with a knockout punch.  They are called mantis shrimps (Gonodactylus smithii) and their strike is one of the fastest animal movements known.  Its impact is equivalent to a .22 calibre bullet.  they use jagged spears or huge clubs with devastating results.  They can even punch through glass and often batter their way out of aquaria.  After this, a plate of scampi will never taste the same again!

Winner of the 1986 Wildscreen Film Festival award for revelation

Film credits

Camera: Paul Atkins
Camera: Mike deGruy
Camera: Rodger Jackman
Camera: Christopher Robson
Director and Script: Keenan Smart
Dubbing: Stuart Greig
Editor: Martin Elsbury
Editor: Ian Butcher
Music: Startled Insects
Narrator: David Attenborough
Producer: Keenan Smart
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound: Grace Niska
Wildscreen Festival 1986 Winners
Wildscreen Festival 1986 Winners