On the first episode of BBC's Blue Planet II they visited a coral reef and showed some odd reef-dwelling creatures as part of their establishing shots, but did not name the creatures.

In particular creature that resembles a mantis:

Aquatic Mantis

I tried a Google reverse image search and it very 'helpfully' identified it as "Documentary film". So close, yet so far.

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    $\begingroup$ The first one seems to be a mantis shrimp. No clue about the other one. $\endgroup$
    – JAB
    Nov 6, 2017 at 21:08
  • $\begingroup$ @JAB I've decided that I might have better luck if I split this into two questions. If you make that comment into an answer first I'll make sure to accept it when I do the split. $\endgroup$
    – Pharap
    Nov 8, 2017 at 9:17

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The specimen is indeed a mantis shrimp (to be specific, a peacock mantis shrimp). Odontodactylus scyllarus Mantis Shrimp by Jenny, from Wikimedia Commons

These predators have highly sophisticated vision and, depending on the species, either spearlike limbs or clubs that move so fast the water can't keep up, causing dangerous cavitational effects that can even break glass.


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