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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

The Sea Cucumber

We saved the best (or really the worst) for last, and surprise-surprise, this is yet another example of animals ejecting something super nasty out of their sphincters. In the case of the sea cucumber they shoot THEIR INTESTINES OUT OF THEIR BUTTS!!!!!! a move that is said to both distract and “dazzle” their enemy. In some species of sea cucumber, these fleshy, anal tubes secrete a toxic chemical known as Holothurin. So basically we’ve got a sea dwelling super worm out there that shoots deadly anal intestines out its butt— if that’s not a reason to never set foot in the ocean, we don’t know what is.

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