If the biggest critter on the shrimp chart, "extra colossal," is 10 to a pound, a Florida man photographed one that could be called hyper-uber-super-stupendo colossal.
The photographs, posted on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Facebook page, exaggerate its size even further, because the crustacean is dangling closer to the camera than the hand it dwarfs.
"Steve Bargeron was fishing from a dock in Fort Pierce as he watched a fellow fisherman pull this creature out of the water. Steve said the massive thing was about 18 inches long and striking its own tail, so he grabbed it by its back like a lobster," according to the commission's post.
Actually, if the creature is a mantis shrimp, it's not actually a shrimp at all, but a stomatopod. The "mantis" tag comes from its powerful front claws, which are apparently capable of striking "as fast as a .22-caliber bullet," according to a wild video that shows a mantis shrimp attacking an octopus.
Here are some other creepy photos that crawled into the comments on the super shrimp post:
"Fort Peirce Sunday night caught the same thing," posted "Kenny Bigskinny Jackson." "... And yes we released this one also. Was way to cool to not release."
"Caught two about a month ago," posted Alan McCullough "The have a flick that they use to stun pray. They can break 1/4" glass."
And, oh yes, mantis shrimp are edible, as this YouTube video shows: