When Lunch Fights Back

When Lunch Fights Back : Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses

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The octopus spies a nice, tasty mantis shrimp. It swims over for a closer look at the small creature. Then--WHAM!--the mantis shrimp strikes a nasty blow with its hammer-like forelimb. The octopus shrinks back, defeated. That wasn't such an easy meal after all . . .

In nature, good defenses can mean the difference between surviving a predator's attack and becoming its lunch. Some animals rely on sharp teeth and claws or camouflage. But that's only the beginning. Meet creatures with some of the strangest defenses known to science. How strange? Hagfish that can instantaneously produce oodles of gooey, slippery slime; frogs that poke their own toe bones through their skin to create claws; young birds that shoot streams of stinking poop; and more.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 236 x 241 x 5mm | 204g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Bibliography; Index; Illustrations, color
  • 1512400009
  • 9781512400007
  • 1,188,144

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"From the award-winning science author Johnson comes another somewhat gross but definitely engrossing book. She introduces eight lesser-known animals with natural defenses to ward off unsuspecting predators. For each animal, a color photograph takes center stage on the first page, accompanied by a text box with vital statistics and followed by an encounter between the animal and a predator. Then, in 'The Science behind the Story, ' abundant photos accompany biologists' explanations of how the natural defense mechanisms work. For instance, a peacock mantis shrimp's forelimbs can move about 50 mph in 1.8 milliseconds to land a powerful knockout punch to an octopus. One such shrimp even shattered the wall of a researcher's aquarium. As she researched the animals, Johnson talked with and learned from the scientists who study these interesting creatures. Includes detailed source notes, a glossary, a bibliography, and more. Some of the animals are featured in other similar books, but few bring them together with such a punch." --Booklist

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