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Goldspotted spinefoot rabbitfish, Siganus punctatus Spinecheek clownfish (maroon clownfish), Premnas biaculeatus Spinecheek clownfish (maroon clownfish), Premnas biaculeatus Venus comb murex.  Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found, Murex pecten California sea cucumber.  Sea cucumbers are related to sea stars and sea urchins. The sharp looking spines are soft to the touch and disappear into the skin when disturbed. If this visual defense doesnt work, the sea cucumber will expel its respiratory system. When this occurs in the wild it can regrow the lost organs, Parastichopus californicus California sea cucumber.  Sea cucumbers are related to sea stars and sea urchins. The sharp looking spines are soft to the touch and disappear into the skin when disturbed. If this visual defense doesnt work, the sea cucumber will expel its respiratory system. When this occurs in the wild it can regrow the lost organs, Parastichopus californicus Longspine combfish, Zaniolepis latipinnis Juvenile lionfish, Pterois miles Lionfish, Pterois miles Lionfish, Pterois miles Lionfish, Pterois miles Lionfish, Pterois miles Lionfish, Pterois miles Lionfish, Pterois miles North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum Purple sea urchin, spawning, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus Starfish (sea star), detail showing tube feet ending in small suckers, Pisaster giganteus, La Jolla, California Gray whale, spine knuckle detail and characteristic skin mottling, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Red urchin on rocky California reef, Strogylocentrotus franciscanus Lionfish, Pterois miles, Egyptian Red Sea Lionfish, Pterois miles, Egyptian Red Sea Lionfish, Pterois miles, Egyptian Red Sea Lionfish, Pterois miles, Egyptian Red Sea Lionfish, Pterois miles, Egyptian Red Sea Starfish (sea star), dorsal surface detail, Punte Vicente Roca Starfish (sea star), dorsal surface detail including spines and pincers, Pisaster giganteus, La Jolla, California Starfish (sea star), dorsal surface detail including spines and pincers, Pisaster giganteus, La Jolla, California Small fish trapped in spines of unidentified urchin, San Miguel Island Starfish (sea star), dorsal surface detail, Punte Vicente Roca Longhorn cowfish, Lactoria cornuta Longhorn cowfish, Lactoria cornuta Longhorn cowfish, Lactoria cornuta Lionfish, Pterois volitans Lionfish, Pterois volitans Lionfish, Pterois volitans Longspine combfish, Zaniolepis latipinnis Teddy-Bear cholla is covered with dense spines. Pieces of this species easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California   more ...

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