• seth
    15 Dec '09

    i looked that up on wikipedia its totally true

  • hah
    24 Mar '10

    Yeah, like everything else in the internet is true.

  • Jordan
    23 May '10

    Yes, because Wikipedia is totally legit.

  • rootbeer78
    23 May '10

    Is that shrimp throwing up a claw which is emitting an explosion in the second panel?

  • Sir Naff
    Sir Naff
    4 Aug '10


    I'm ALWAYS telling people about them and they never believe me =(

    But I can be believed because I'm a bio major and we KNOW.

  • Sternford
    9 Aug '10

    People throw around the phrase "hotter than the sun" far too often when they usually mean "hotter than the surface of the sun"

  • Lush
    31 Aug '10

    Dude... surface, or core, or whatever -- the sun is still HOT!!

  • Totz the Plaid
    Totz the Plaid
    10 Sep '10

    The sun is so hot that anything attempting to approach it will vaporize LONG before it gets ANYWHERE NEAR the surface. If the pistol shrimp managed to produce temperatures even 1/10 as hot as the sun's radiant heat, I very much doubt that ANYTHING in the area (including itself) would survive.

  • Celti
    10 Sep '10

    The bubbles are approximately a micrometer in diameter, and last only picoseconds - but temperatures within are indeed around the level of the Sun's surface temperature.

  • Ghost
    16 Sep '10

    My great holy ship... That shrimp's bubble only explodes creating fast soundwaves, which are enough to make those little fishes unconciciousness...

    Bad english spelling FTW.

  • Ghost
    16 Sep '10

    By the way, Extreme Animal Planet, and BBC Wildlife:

  • Alison
    29 Sep '10

    My Acoustics professor taught us about them!

  • Tom
    5 Oct '10

    The surface temperature of the sun is around 5500 to 6000 degrees C, which is not that fabulously hot. Especially when you consider the pressure, area it's being applied to and the time-scale upon which it acts. On the other hand, it's a super awesome acheivement for a shrimp, you go little guy!

  • zane
    29 Oct '10

    i want flame shooting shrimp so i can set all things on fire

  • turtle
    23 Nov '10

    these shrimp rocks!

  • Sir Naff
    Sir Naff
    23 Nov '10

    It hurts soooo much when they snap at you.

  • Ryz Fickle
    Ryz Fickle
    29 Nov '10

    I think it reaches temperatures hotter then the surfaces of the sun, not the core.

    I am a fan of your comics. Keep it up :D

  • Patrick
    24 Feb '11

    Have to point this out because if I dont I will never be able to fall asleep.

    the core of the sun is much cooler than the surface of the sun.

    also as an interesting side note, the actual action of creating the bubbles is called "Cavitation"

  • allison
    28 Apr '11


  • Mick W.
    Mick W.
    7 Jun '11


    Check it out. It's pretty cool.

  • kai
    7 Jul '11

    Its true pistol shrimp do have claws that are quite disproportionate to their body size (about have their body size) and their claws aren't like serrated they have a hammer and anvil kinda effect in which the upper claw rises and a joint is released allowing it to hit the bottom claw at such speeds that it creates captivation bubbles that collapse to form a very high pressure state that can reach up to 4700 degrees which is close but not equal to the estimated heat of the surface of the sun. this effect is very temporary and lasts for several milliseconds at most i would imagine yet the pressure of the bubbles (up to 80 kPa) can kill small fish or break glass even, as well, it makes quite a loud sound that can interfere with sonar and such. They are truly remarkable creatures and oh yes they are very real.

  • kai
    7 Jul '11

    excuse me, cavitation* bubbles. damn you autocorrect!

  • TomM
    11 Aug '11

    Guys, temperature is not synonymous with energy. Could e that hot, but in such small amounts of energy it wouldn't be noticed by any organism of our size.

  • Etienne
    13 Aug '11

    I learned about this in my chemical module,they also generate flashes of light i believe.

  • Simon
    15 Apr '12

    Patrick speaks the truth! The surface of the Sun is actually much hotter than the core.

    Also: temperatures much higher than any part of the Sun are routinely created in many laboratories, often with equipment that only use a single mains plug. The trick is to do it for only a very small amount of matter, and for a very short time, as is the case with the pistol shrimp.

  • Dian
    4 Oct '12

    Simon and Patrick! I've been searching for ages, but can't find anywhere that says the surface of the sun is hotter then the core.. A friend was CERTAIN he read it somewhere, and told us he was right, and it made us lose a pub quiz because everyone else said that the core is MUCH hotter.
    I'm confused. Could someone explain? :)

  • Dian
    4 Oct '12

    P.S. I discovered Pistol Shrimps whilst researching an art project, they are SO COOL.

  • James
    20 Sep '13

    Some one has been read "The oatmeal"

  • Jeremy
    3 Oct '13

    I want to share your comics from this site.... How?

    I live Mantis Shrimp!!!

  • Occam
    14 Apr '14

    *ahem* The corona is hotter the the surface or core

  • Alli Dayri
    Alli Dayri
    12 Nov '18

    Did you know: The Peacock Mantis Shrimp does something similar?

    The mantis shrimp has these claw-things on the front, that when exelled, can cause so much heat, it can cause the water around it to boil.

    It also sends a shockwave through the water, that is so powerful, it can kill the target, even if it misses?

    They are basically the rainbow assassins of the sea.