Venomous Fire Urchin Vomits Its Own Guts

While this picture might look like some twisted acid trip, it's nothing of the kind. No, you're staring right into the guts of a venomous fire urchin.

Captured by photographer David Fleetham off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, the image shows a blue-spotted sea urchin — commonly known as the fire urchin, thanks to its painful sting — in its death throes. In fact, you're seeing it expel its innards through its central mouth. Lovely. [New Scientist]

Image: David Fleetham/naturepl

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