Jeremy Teale

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The fact that this sea creature looks exactly like a rock with guts is not even the weirdest thing about it. It’s also completely immobile like a rock — it eats by sucking in water and filtering out microorganisms — and its clear blood mysteriously secretes a rare mineral called vanadium. Also, it’s born male, becomes hermaphroditic at puberty, and reproduces by tossing clouds of sperm and eggs into the surrounding water and hoping they knock together. Nature, you are CRAZY.

Stranger than fiction. Pyura chilensis--the living rock. This animal looks just like a rock, but is a sea creature found off the coast of Chile and Peru. It is immobile, always born male, and secretes the rare mineral vanadium. Locals eat it in stews.