Mantis shrimp swing their arms out at 80kph when they punch.
They can punch prey thousands of times without breaking their arms.
It manages this with a club made up of different sections, including one with a shock absorbing spiral pattern.
By copying this pattern, researchers could design new, stronger materials.
In a paper out this week in the journal Acta Biomaterialia researchers detail how they made prototype materials based on the mantis shrimp's club.
A team of researchers made several different materials based on the mantis shrimp pattern. They also made two control samples, including one based on the standard used in the aerospace industry, where alternating layers are stacked on one another at 45 degree intervals.
The mantis shrimp-inspired samples all fared better than the other two.