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The Venus FlyTrap has a doppelganger in the deep sea

If you thought the carnivorous Venus FlyTrap plant was terrifying enough, you haven’t seen its underwater equivalent in the deep sea yet. The Venus Fly Trap anemone, which exists in places like the Gulf of Mexico, like its plant namesake, also traps its prey. It pretty much sits around looking innocuous and waits for prey, usually small fish, to wander into its tentacles, before it attacks with nematocysts that shoot out microscopic barbed harpoons. What a beautiful, beautiful creature.

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