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First-Ever Microscopic High-Speed Video of Jellyfish Anemone Stinger Injecting Venom

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

Do you need an excuse to never go to the beach again? Here’s a great one: High-speed microscopic video of an anemone injecting venom. We all know creatures like anemones and jellyfish can sting us, but something about this video just makes the threat seem very real. Besides making me never want to swim again, the video is also the first of its kind.

Smarter Every Day¬†host Destin Sandlin went to James Cook University in Australia with a high-speed camera to visit toxinologist Dr. Jamie Seymour. They combined their efforts to create the video that will help scientists like Dr. Seymour study exactly how these animals attack. If you’re curious but squeamish, they basically have tiny hypodermic needles along their tentacles that extend out and then inject venom.

(Smarter Every Day via ViralViralVideos)

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