The Two-Foot-Wide Starfish That’ll Ruin Your Day

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Nature has a lot of ways of saying “no touchy.” Bright colors, big spines, or—in the case of the two-foot-wide crown of thorns starfish—both. These spikes not only pierce flesh, but come loaded with a toxin that will make you say, “Oh, so I wasn’t supposed to touch that then?” Check out this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures to learn more!

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Frogs are supposed to do a lot of things. Jumping around, eating insects, lamenting by way of song. But come on, they’re not supposed to be transparent. The glass frog threw that memo away, apparently. Check out this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures to learn more!

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Fashion is tricky. I, for instance, am wearing two different colored socks right now. But in the ocean, fashion is a matter of survival. Take the urchin and decorator crabs, which wear other organisms as hats and jackets. Learn more in this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures!

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Men. They’re a hassle. I mean, I would know. All the fighting, all the posturing for women. But for the rhinoceros beetle, things are even worse. Males of these species use huge scoops on their heads to joust, launching each other off branches to win the right to mate. Check out this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures to learn more!

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Imagine that you had one outfit and one outfit only: a jumpsuit that made you look like a leaf. You’d blend in nicely in a forest or the plant store, sure, but not so much in a desert. Such is the existence of a surprising number of insects, which look so much like leaves and sticks that it doesn’t seem possible. Oh, but it is, thanks to the wonders of natural selection. Check out this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures to learn more!

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