Here are links to some movies of the mantis shrimp. Clicking on each link should get you to the movie: use the "Back" button on your browser to return here.
WARNING: the default behavior for many browsers, when you click on a movie, is to clear the browser window, download the movie, and then show it. For the larger movies (60 MB), the delay while the movie is being downloaded can be so long that you figure the link is bad, and just give up. When in doubt, right-click the link, and save the file, locally, on your computer, and then run the local copy. If you're sure that a link is bad, however, please let me know!
The last group of movies (below the horizontal line) are the best, and absolutely wonderful!
Bobbing (8 MB): here he is, standing between two rocks, bobbing a bit, which is a characteristic behavior.
More Bobbing (14 MB): more bobbing, with a characteristic antenna cleaning at the start of the clip.
Curl Turn (15 MB): when he's had enough of you, he can turn around in a surprisingly small space and then run away.
Close-up (9 MB): a close-up showing him looking out of his den. Those eyes keep moving around on the end of the stalks.
Tunnels (30 MB): this is a fairly long and boring movie, but it will give you some idea of how difficult it is to photograph this species: you never know where they will pop up next!
Closeup Bobbing (6 MB): this shows a closeup of him bobbing in front of his den.
Scooting (4 MB): this clip will give you some idea of what his body is shaped like, and one way in which he can move around the tank using all of his legs to "swim".
Eye Motion (11 MB): extreme closeup of eye motion: a wonderful clip!
More Eye Motion (14 MB): more close up eye motion!
Even More Eye Motion (10 MB): even more close up eye motion, along with some antennae twitching.
Scoot! (1 MB): here he is peering cautiously around a rock and then running for cover!
Another Scoot! (2 MB): another scoot for cover!
Grabs Food and Manipulates It (53 MB): this clip is long and large, but the amount of detailed behavior makes it worth the download time. He first comes out of his den, showing all of his myriad legs, antennae, and cover plates and flaps. He grabs the food and backs into his lair, and then starts manipulating the food with six (eight?) of his front legs. He then "salutes" with his left antenna for a while, cleans his left antenna, cleans his right antenna, and "salutes" with his right antenna. All the while, he is rolling and inspecting the food. Notice his swimmerettes flailing away under the food in the background before he returns into his den to eat.
More Good Manipulation (56 MB): Similar to the above clip, but with some very strange antenna/leg maintenance around 30 seconds into the clip!