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Watch From Inside a Mussel As It Gets Eaten by a Distended Sea Star Stomach

Watch from inside a mussel as a hungry sea star descends and dissolves it from the inside

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If you’re a mussel, this is basically your worst nightmare. A set of sea stars descend on a pier, looking for food. When they find a mussel, they go to work. This video is from the viewpoint of a tiny camera, inside a mussel. Watch as the starfish pushes its stomach out of its body, into the mussels shell, “unfolding like a fatal flower,” as the narrator says. From there, the stomach basically just starts digesting the poor mussel on the spot, releasing chemical that will dissolve the mussel’s, well, muscle, turning it into soup. The sea star slurps up the tasty, tasty muscle soup and moves on to its next victim.

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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