With predators lurking left and right and more or less pleasant surprises at every turn, animal defense mechanisms have evolved in the most peculiar ways. You can't imagine what lengths some creatures go to in order to make sure they don't end up as dinner. Here are just 7 of the most unusual – and sometimes downright creepy – animal defense mechanisms.
1. The Sea Cucumber
Sea cucumbers may seem pretty boring at first sight, but there's much more to them than meets the eye. These little guys have one of the most wonderfully disgusting animal defense mechanisms. When threatened, the sea cucumbers begin to violently shake their bodies and then… they shoot their intestines out of their anus! The sticky mess entangles the attacker and usually makes it run away (screaming "Eww, gross!", I figure).