About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Creature Feature #450: Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimps are  powerful crustaceans and some species can measure over 30 cm in length. They come in a variety of colours, and are very important marine predators. They are characterised by their front claws which come in two varieties: spearers and smashers. When hunting, the Mantis Shrimp strikes his prey with rapid speed and astonishing force - so strong that they have been known to smash through the glass of aquariums. The speed of the strike is so great that not only is the prey struck with the appendage, it is also struck with a cavitation bubble caused by the force generated (which essentially creates a shock wave). The Mantis Shrimp also has elaborate eyes, the most complex in the animal kingdom.

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