June 26, 2012 10:53 AM | By MSN Tech & Gadgets, Nature desk
Nature's strangest defence mechanisms

'Fright or flight'



From toxic poo, to self-destruction, these are the animal world's most amazing (and often gross) defence mechanisms (© David Fleetham photo)
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New wildlife photos are snapped everyday, but take a look above. That's a blue-spotted sea urchin, recently shot off the coast of Maui by photographer David Fleetham. It looks psychedelic, but you're not going to want to get too close: each of those hundreds of orange and white spines is venomous, and you're in for a world of trouble if you get pricked.

The spines wave constantly, and are beautiful, but they're also a poisonous defence mechanism. Seem wild? Check out these strange animal defences to compare.

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* Video: Crab carries sea urchin for protection

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