Up from the deep? by sailingmusic

Up from the deep?

Thought I'd throw this out there. It was by a boat ramp this morning like something or someone dropped it. Thanks to Beau I now know that this is a mantis shrimp. For more info go here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp I'd like to thank anyone who views, comments or just stops by.
It does look like the top half of a crab shell! No front pincers. It's almost mother of pearl!
April 6th, 2012  
It's very odd looking! Looks a bit like a lobster but not.
April 6th, 2012  
I have no idea, looks pretty weird though (in a cool way) :)
April 6th, 2012  
Awesome catch. Very interesting.
April 6th, 2012  
Interesting indeed ... would love to know what it is as well. Great find!
April 7th, 2012  
crazy looking..you think its a fishing lure?
April 7th, 2012  
I vote crab
April 7th, 2012  
I think crab too... cool shot
April 7th, 2012  
Looks like a shrimp.
April 7th, 2012  
@dyland Pretty darn big shrimp, it was about 8 " long from stem to stern.
April 7th, 2012  
Hey Myrna...sorry took so long. Been meaning to post. The creature you've captured looks to be a Mantis Shrimp. Wiki for some info if your interested.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp
Great capture by the way. :)
April 13th, 2012  
@losthorizon Wow, thanks Beau for all the info. It certainly seems like that is what it is. Many thanks for taking the time to send the info my way.
April 13th, 2012  
@sailingmusic Wish I could take all the credit, but the credit goes to my friend and coworker Mike the Fisherman. He's a human encyclopedia of water and sea life. Sent him your pic, and within seconds he had an answer.
April 13th, 2012  
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