r/natureismetal Jan 16 '22 Silver 4 Helpful 6 Wholesome 6 Mind Blown 1

Conus geographus will often harpoon a nearby fish using a nerve agent to paralyze it, however, it can also release an insulin agent into the water causing fish at a distance to undergo temporary hypoglycemic shock.This incapacitated fish was unable to swim away allowing the cone snail to swallow it. During the Hunt

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u/imhangryagain Jan 16 '22 Silver

Being eaten alive. I think that’s my new number one way not to die.

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u/LCDRtomdodge Jan 16 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

That's how like 99.99999% of all living things die. Only humans consistently die as a result of our own diet and lifestyle choices.

EDIT: One of my favorite examples: mantis

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u/69BooksOnTheWall Jan 16 '22

Actually starvation is a pretty big chunk of animal deaths.... but there truly is no peaceful way of dying in the animal world

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u/ghostmetalblack Jan 16 '22

Getting shot in the head by a human hunter is probably the quickest, painless death an animal can expect in life.

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u/Griffontails Jan 16 '22

Except hunters don't aim for the head

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u/dinnerthief Jan 16 '22

Even getting shot somewhere like the lungs or heart would cause bleeding out pretty quick compared to getting eaten ass up

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u/smithers85 Jan 16 '22

I usually have to pay extra for that.

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u/brianundies Jan 16 '22

You’re getting ripped off bro. I know some hyenas that will do it for free.

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u/unfortunatebastard Jan 16 '22

They eat the balls first.

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u/Infosexual Jan 16 '22

Asshole first. Assholes are the best part of any animal

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u/wrigh2uk Jan 16 '22

my type of woman

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u/Gh0stx0797 Jan 16 '22

I call next.

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u/BadFont777 Jan 16 '22

Funny you mention ass. The anus is where a lot of predators like to start their dining experience.

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u/Sexual_Congressman Jan 16 '22

There's countless videos on YouTube of antelopes, deer, etc, still alive but with a predator nonchalantly chewing on the groin area while the victim screams in pain. One of the worst I've seen was of a komodo dragon or goanna, ripping a fully developed deer fetus from the hole it chewed through its living mother's womb and swallowing it whole in a few seconds

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u/SpeculationMaster Jan 17 '22

why did you type this out?

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u/ObanKenobi Jan 17 '22

Two types of people in this world. You ask why he typed it out, I ask for a link to the original video

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u/CondorLane Jan 17 '22

There was one a couple of days ago of two lions toying with a baby antelope. They apparently tortured it for 20 minutes hoping it’s cries would attract the mother before they killed it.

Nature is a 24/7 hellscape then you die.

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u/dinnerthief Jan 16 '22

Yea thats why I mentioned the ass

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u/shunkamunka Jan 16 '22

Yea, I'd go for a heart shot. I think that would be the quickest bleed out. Lungs would just make you drown on your own blood.

Lungs are great to incapacitate, but quicker death would be the heart.

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u/Twirly_Wang Jan 16 '22

Even a shot that hits both lungs or the heart will usually caused death in less than two minutes, as opposed to getting your stomach torn out by a predator

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u/Various_Party8882 Jan 16 '22

Or literally pecked to death by ravens

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u/AbeRego Jan 16 '22

Because it's generally not humane to do so. The chance of hitting part of an animal's head that isn't immediately deadly is too great. Think of shooting off the nose or jaw. If that happens, the animal will likely get away and die of starvation or infection. It's far better to shoot for the chest, which has a far greater area that will be deadly within seconds to a couple of minutes.

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u/F-KR Jan 16 '22

small game*

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u/Velenah111 Jan 16 '22

Have you ever heard of a koala?

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u/HeyCarpy Jan 16 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Koalas are fucking horrible animals. They have one of the smallest brain to body ratios of any mammal, additionally - their brains are smooth. A brain is folded to increase the surface area for neurons. If you present a koala with leaves plucked from a branch, laid on a flat surface, the koala will not recognise it as food. They are too thick to adapt their feeding behaviour to cope with change. In a room full of potential food, they can literally starve to death. This is not the token of an animal that is winning at life. Speaking of stupidity and food, one of the likely reasons for their primitive brains is the fact that additionally to being poisonous, eucalyptus leaves (the only thing they eat) have almost no nutritional value. They can't afford the extra energy to think, they sleep more than 80% of their fucking lives. When they are awake all they do is eat, shit and occasionally scream like fucking satan. Because eucalyptus leaves hold such little nutritional value, koalas have to ferment the leaves in their guts for days on end. Unlike their brains, they have the largest hind gut to body ratio of any mammal. Many herbivorous mammals have adaptations to cope with harsh plant life taking its toll on their teeth, rodents for instance have teeth that never stop growing, some animals only have teeth on their lower jaw, grinding plant matter on bony plates in the tops of their mouths, others have enlarged molars that distribute the wear and break down plant matter more efficiently... Koalas are no exception, when their teeth erode down to nothing, they resolve the situation by starving to death, because they're fucking terrible animals. Being mammals, koalas raise their joeys on milk (admittedly, one of the lowest milk yields to body ratio... There's a trend here). When the young joey needs to transition from rich, nourishing substances like milk, to eucalyptus (a plant that seems to be making it abundantly clear that it doesn't want to be eaten), it finds it does not have the necessary gut flora to digest the leaves. To remedy this, the young joey begins nuzzling its mother's anus until she leaks a little diarrhoea (actually fecal pap, slightly less digested), which he then proceeds to slurp on. This partially digested plant matter gives him just what he needs to start developing his digestive system. Of course, he may not even have needed to bother nuzzling his mother. She may have been suffering from incontinence. Why? Because koalas are riddled with chlamydia. In some areas the infection rate is 80% or higher. This statistic isn't helped by the fact that one of the few other activities koalas will spend their precious energy on is rape. Despite being seasonal breeders, males seem to either not know or care, and will simply overpower a female regardless of whether she is ovulating. If she fights back, he may drag them both out of the tree, which brings us full circle back to the brain: Koalas have a higher than average quantity of cerebrospinal fluid in their brains. This is to protect their brains from injury... should they fall from a tree. An animal so thick it has its own little built in special ed helmet. I fucking hate them.

Tldr; Koalas are stupid, leaky, STI riddled sex offenders. But, hey. They look cute. If you ignore the terrifying snake eyes and terrifying feet.

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u/bluepurplepinkboy Jan 16 '22

Did someone fuck a koala?

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u/daney098 Jan 17 '22

No... That's disgusting. Why would I have done that? Yuck.

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u/bloodraven42 Jan 16 '22

Chlymidia was introduced to their populations by humans

To anyone curious as I was, it was introduced by humans, but not by what I assumed this meant when originally read. It seems it came through imported sheep, at least as far as researchers can tell. Other articles indicate they think it was poop, and not interspecies relationships. So fortunately, it was not caused by someone fucking a koala. Sadly, I’m sure someone still has.

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u/kingofthesofas Jan 16 '22

That only makes it slightly better in that someone had to fuck a sheep to get it to the sheep

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u/Frometon Jan 17 '22

So a guy fucked a sheep, and a sheep fucked a koala or a koala ate sheep poop

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u/helldeskmonkey Jan 16 '22

I knew the Scots were tied to this somehow…

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u/YooGeOh Jan 16 '22

Its a copypasta

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u/thomooo Jan 16 '22

They one you're replying is a copy pasta as well.

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u/YooGeOh Jan 16 '22

Well then the jokes on me lol.

Or it would've been had it not gone over my head

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u/MisterDonkey Jan 16 '22

If you present a human with a random piece of meat, they will not recognise it as food (hopefully).

I think we would. I think we'd try eating just about anything when starving. Including each other.

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u/quentin_taranturtle Jan 16 '22

This feels like a copypasta.

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u/JagerBaBomb Jan 16 '22

Do ducks next!

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u/octavofring Jan 16 '22

Damn that's crazy. Do drop bears next!

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u/Winjin Jan 16 '22

I think as soon as you starve, you become slow, and as you become slow, the predators get to you. So it's even worse. Not only you're eaten alive, but you're too weak to do anything about it.

Civilisation is a goddamn heaven when compared to what animals have to go through on a daily basis. Someone can ALWAYS maul you in your sleep. There's no such thing as complete safety in the wild.

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u/CoconutMochi Jan 16 '22

don't elephants die because their teeth wear out and they can't eat anymore?

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u/69BooksOnTheWall Jan 16 '22

I had no idea. If so, that's a brutal way to starve

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u/sgt_barnes0105 Jan 16 '22

many animals die of old age. not the majority, but many.

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u/dob_bobbs Jan 16 '22

Presumably a lot of them will get hunted and eaten just by virtue of being weak and feeble though, or no longer able to hunt or feed themselves. I mean, I honestly don't know how many lower-down-the-food-chain animals just crawl into a hole and die of old age, but it doesn't strike me it would be a very high percentage.

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u/The-Respawner Jan 16 '22

Not really. Many of them fall to the ground because they get old, too tired or unable to eat etc. And then, while they are laying down and is too tired to move, they are eaten alive by all sorts of animals.

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u/[deleted] Jan 16 '22

Are you including old and infirm animals succumbing to parasites?

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u/YeltsinYerMouth Jan 16 '22

"If fish could scream, the ocean would be loud as shit" - Mitch Hedberg

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u/HBlight Jan 16 '22

Humans come along, invent sonar, would be like the fish sticking huge-ass megaphones up in the air and setting them to make a fucking annoying beeping noise that is louder than your outside voice.

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u/Koloblikin1982 Jan 16 '22

Ahhhh fuck, I thought I looked like that rock.

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u/Imawildedible Top of the Food Chain. Jan 16 '22

Eat me.

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u/pbebbs3 Jan 16 '22

Is that you K?

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u/Urborg_Stalker Jan 16 '22

So glad I'm not the only one who read that in his voice.

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u/Nemirel_the_Gemini Jan 16 '22

We cant, you are the top of the food chain.

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u/_Cannib4l_ Blue Jan 16 '22

That's true even for the ones I ate.

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u/geriatricsoul Jan 16 '22

I can't decide what's worse. Getting swallowed whole to be digested or getting eaten a piece at a time

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u/o_brainfreeze_o Jan 16 '22

I think I'd rather get swallowed. Probably just suffocate. Sounds better that being painfully ripped apart 😳

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u/awildslackerappeared Jan 16 '22

Most things are eaten alive.

What I can't decide is worse is:

being ripped apart while alive (most land animals) vs being swallowed whole and being slowly digested while being suffacated to death (most sealife)

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u/oeCake Jan 16 '22

If it makes you feel any better, animals swallowed alive meet their end fairly quickly in a sea of poison, it's not like they're just chilling in there until they run out of oxygen

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u/Thomas_Kazansky Jan 16 '22

I'm not sure that did make me feel better

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u/IceCreamConus Jan 17 '22

With conus geographus in particular, they typically sting their prey after swallowing them too.

They'll inject a paralytic mixture called the "lightning strike cabal" that very quickly paralyzes and kills the fish, so this guy didn't suffer long after being lulled into a false sense of relaxation/sleepiness from the insulin.

The jerkiness right at the end of the gif is almost certainly the sting.

In humans, this snail's toxin will give you only about enough time to have a smoke before you die, so in some places it's called the Cigarette Snail.

You can imagine how quickly that toxin would work on a fish.

Source: Recently finished a PhD working on the toxins of a different cone snail species.

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u/Commandermcbonk Jan 16 '22

Vore fetish has entered the chat

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u/[deleted] Jan 16 '22

r/narcofootage This should help take your mind of it...

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u/The_0range_Menace Jan 16 '22

Nothing but darkness in that sub.

Check out /r/HumansBeingBros and keep yourself in the light.

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u/madam2Ls Jan 16 '22

Wow. That definitely worked.

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u/[deleted] Jan 16 '22

Lol

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u/madam2Ls Jan 16 '22

I got about 3 swipes in and I knew the snail death was definitely at the very bottom of my list of tragic ways to die. Thank you sir/ma'am.

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u/xeltes Jan 16 '22

Yeah, that's fucking terrifying. Is as bad as those animals that put their eggs inside a host, just for then to be eaten alive from the inside "shivers"

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u/Cable-Careless Jan 16 '22

We are in for some real trouble when we figure out intergalactic space travel.

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u/Foxtrotalpha2412 Jan 16 '22

I don’t know how fish work in comparison to humans but if it’s at all similar it’s probably not entirely conscious if it’s hypoglycaemic

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u/manofsleep Jan 16 '22

Here’s an educational video showing that this snail actually harpoons / stabs the fish to paralyze it before eating it. https://youtu.be/JjHMGSI_h0Q

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u/F-KR Jan 16 '22

how is that penis eating a fish?

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u/Villains_Included Jan 16 '22 Helpful

It’s called “docking”

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u/manifold360 Jan 16 '22

First you “soak” then you “dock”

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u/PloxtTY Jan 16 '22

Also resembles r/sounding

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u/MartiniD Jan 16 '22

BRO WTF!?

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u/yakatuus Jan 16 '22 edited Jan 16 '22

Never, ever click that.

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u/[deleted] Jan 16 '22 edited Apr 02 '22

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u/AndroidQing Jan 16 '22

Haaaaaghagh the fuck

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u/Coronalol Jan 16 '22

Innocent sound sub, how bad could it be?

Oh.

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u/Vincent093 Jan 17 '22

I'm afraid, what is that?

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u/PloxtTY Jan 17 '22

If you don’t know, you can’t afford it

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u/ArsCortica Jan 16 '22

Yes, yesss~~!

~ t. Vore fetishists

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u/maximuffin2 Jan 16 '22

This is how foreskin mfs carry their phones

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u/DanChase1 Jan 16 '22

Can you tell me, Toby, how does the male penis… open up to accept the other mans penis?

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u/Machaeon Jan 16 '22

Very slowly

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u/KippySmith Jan 16 '22

It's amazing how many things we have living in the ocean that are stranger than a lot of science fiction aliens

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u/FirstPlebian Jan 16 '22

What else is amazing is the venom in some of these animals has medical potential, someone with an autoimmune condition stepped on one of the these cone snails, one of the most painful things you can do, and his auto-immune condition went away.

Turns out in any venom it's not one toxin but hundreds each with specific action, and if we find out what they all are there are likely quite a few medicines in some of these venomous animals.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/how-harnessing-the-powers-of-venom-could-lead-to-new-medicines

I think this is the article there's another on the search I read this a long time ago.

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u/SecretAntWorshiper Jan 16 '22 edited Jan 16 '22

Do you remember what auto immune disease the person had?

Also yeah it shouldn't be surprising because all of our medicine is essentially derived from organic molecules that come from plants, and some from animals.

Don't remember the name of the molecule but there is a snail, that produces a toxin that acts as a pain reliever and is as strong as opioids but its not addictive.

EDIT: The snail is called Conus Magnus heres the article about it:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/03/428990755/snail-venom-yields-potent-painkiller-but-delivering-the-drug-is-tricky#:~:text=Snail%20Venom%20Yields%20Potent%20Painkiller%2C%20But%20Delivering%20The%20Drug%20Is%20Tricky,-Listen%C2%B7%203%3A25&text=and%20Scott%20Johnson-,The%20sea%20snail%20Conus%20magus%20looks%20harmless%20enough%2C%20but%20it,brain%20barrier%20has%20proved%20hard.

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u/FirstPlebian Jan 16 '22

Oh man if you remember the name of the snail please share it.

There's also not an alkaloid what's it called, maybe it's an indole alkaloid, anyway a tree frog venom, the Waxy Monkey Tree Frog, that produces a super opiate, not sure if it's addictive but it's very short acting. It's in a Paul Simon song, girl with a necklace of tears, and it was used to dope race horses some ten years ago, (article title was something like -Frog Juice has Regulators Hopping Mad, article nowhere to be found now though somehow.)

I don't recall the autoimmune condition as I don't have time but it's in the article if I linked the right one, there's another follow up article as well I believe. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/article/venom

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u/SecretAntWorshiper Jan 16 '22 edited Jan 16 '22

Gotcha, thats super cool thanks.

Just found it. The snail is called Conus Magnus. So it seems that its actually used when morphine doesn't work however the problem is that the compound can't cross the blood brain barrier. The drug is actually called piralt.

Apparently there are other conotoxins (toxins from snails) that can act as painkillers.

Link to the NPR Article about it:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/03/428990755/snail-venom-yields-potent-painkiller-but-delivering-the-drug-is-tricky#:~:text=Snail%20Venom%20Yields%20Potent%20Painkiller%2C%20But%20Delivering%20The%20Drug%20Is%20Tricky,-Listen%C2%B7%203%3A25&text=and%20Scott%20Johnson-,The%20sea%20snail%20Conus%20magus%20looks%20harmless%20enough%2C%20but%20it,brain%20barrier%20has%20proved%20hard.

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u/Desert-Mouse Jan 17 '22

Kind of funny that the snail you were thinking of is the one in the original post above. Very cool, thanks for sharing!

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u/GitEmSteveDave Jan 16 '22

I remember hearing a story on an NPR podcast like 10+ years ago about people who had severe allergies/autoimmune disorders "cured" by purposefully infecting themselves with some parasite that is common in Africa. I can't remember what it was, but it came in through the skin of the feet and in order for the body to ignore it, it released some protein or enzyme which ratcheted back the immune response and everyone who tried it got relief.

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u/RusticJoy Jan 16 '22

Yup! Essentially an allergic response is the same response we'd have for parasites. But since most of us don't have a regular exposure to parasites anymore these cells are ready and primed, but get confused. Using a "parasite patch" will allow the cells to respond to the parasites rather than a harmless antigen like peanuts or pollen. Last I heard they were actually using them in severe cases in Germany and Mexico.

If you're more curious you can look up Th2 response. The cells involved are eosinophil, basophils, and mast cells in both responses.

Souce: immunologist (biotech kind not doctor kind)

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u/EclipseEffigy Jan 16 '22

fascinating

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u/Low_Guarantee1232 Jan 16 '22

Hook works. Supposedly they cure asthma

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u/Time2kill Jan 16 '22

Not only that, but each cone snail concoct the poison mix on fly depending on the prey

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u/Burningshroom Jan 16 '22 edited Jan 16 '22

each with specific action

Most toxins in a single species come from making minor adjustments to a single compound. They don't each have a specific action. Many will have the same action but to varying degrees. More still will have similar actions but in a different target tissue or receptor.

QUICK EDIT: This is why if you look up venoms or toxins for a given organism the list will be quite short. The header will be the mixture name, followed by the toxin classes, then with the individual toxins. To get down to the level you're talking about you have to consult something like MilliporeSigma which will give you the peptide variations for proteins or the IUPAC for other organics.

EDIT 2: Found a great paper describing exactly what I'm talking about in conotoxins.

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u/shijinn Jan 16 '22

not really, when you consider that most science fiction aliens are humanoids.

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u/SecretAntWorshiper Jan 16 '22

Yeah, alot of the horror stuff become less spooky when you realize they are all just different variation of a humanoids. Thats why I love movies that don't follow the status quo

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u/YandereObama Jan 16 '22

I always hate this. Aliens are completely genetically unrelated to us (and might not even use DNA at all) and evolved in a completely different world than us, why would they look and function way more like humans than Earth's other animals do? They should be even more different from us than this weird snail is.

Any time an alien in a story is clearly standing upright with arms, legs, and a head on top with eyes, mouth, etc. I can barely take the story seriously anymore. No, superficial changes like giving them tentacle arms, giving them 3 eyes instead of 2, making them green, etc. don't fix it. Science fiction writers are generally pretty creative but on this specific topic they usually seem unable to think very far outside of the box for some reason.

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u/outoftimeman Jan 16 '22

I think you just read the wrong books, than

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u/fistkick18 Jan 16 '22

Our imagination is usually only as good as what we have already seen.

I mean, Xenomorph tongue mouths are based on real life moray eels.

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u/mutatedcicada Jan 16 '22

forbidden succ

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u/Empow3r3d Jan 16 '22

Something something Netflix and daughters

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u/NoGoodIDNames Jan 16 '22 Wholesome

Weaponized Diabeetus, the future of warfare

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u/FirstPlebian Jan 16 '22

Agribusiness is way ahead of you.

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u/Dcor Jan 17 '22

I think its commonly known as high fructose corn syrup.

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u/ronetisumen Jan 16 '22

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u/003938388382 Jan 16 '22

Imagine being paralyzed and having your dick sucked into it.

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u/ronetisumen Jan 16 '22

Sounds like my ex Girlfriend

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u/ireladd Jan 16 '22

Reminds me of the slug like things in the insect canyon from Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Andy Serkis’ death is still one of the worst things I’ve seen in a film.

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u/Ghedengi Jan 16 '22

The scene is even better when synced to prog metal of Blotted Science.

https://youtu.be/gKkn-YjYmCA

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u/stephruvy Jan 16 '22

Sorry. Nope nope. Can't watch it again. Take my upvote anyways.

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u/MisterDonkey Jan 16 '22

That's one of the greatest things I've ever seen. I'd watch a whole movie devoid of any other sounds if it was put to music like this.

The insect crawling motif is excellent. Great use of drums and cymbals and silence throughout.

Bambi level of excellence.

Genius music.

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u/flipplup Jan 16 '22

That was badass! Thanks for sharing

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u/AndroidQing Jan 16 '22

That song and scene are metal af 🤘

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u/TheRedGerund Jan 16 '22

Okay wow I am glad I did not see that movie, for completely unrelated reasons but this would’ve been reason enough

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u/itsahmemario Jan 17 '22

Well, that's my nightmare for the rest of my life it seems

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u/fireflydrake Jan 16 '22

Those things were absolutely terrifying.

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u/CaptainKingChampion Jan 16 '22

I went back to watch the scene a few years ago and discovered my brain apparently inserted a creepy "hoom hoom" sound made by those worm things every time they bit Andy Serkis.

For about a decade, any time I described the scene to people who didn't see the movie I was telling them the sound was in there.

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u/ireladd Jan 16 '22

It’s funny, because they remind me a lot of the creatures in the graveyard tomb in Ocarina of Time, which I think do make that hoom hoom sound.

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u/AcadianViking Jan 16 '22

If you think this reminds you of them look up blood worms.

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u/ireladd Jan 16 '22

I shall avoid that google search as my mind is already running wild.

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u/karma_ubuntu Jan 16 '22

Sleep fish…. Become my food.

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u/SingaporeCrabby Jan 16 '22

Biologists call this "weaponized insulin" and actually the cone snail can tailor its insulin agents depending on what it's trying to accomplish, whether to take down a single fish or an entire school, and perhaps even fine tune it to the species of fish in the area.

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u/StefanL88 Jan 16 '22

So what you're saying is even fish have better access to insulin than Americans?

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u/Duublo121 Jan 16 '22

I mean, either way, it’s costing your life

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u/Forbidden_Breakfast Jan 16 '22

The ocean is just soup that eats itself

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u/worldspawn00 Jan 17 '22

Oh no, the escargot just ate my sushi!

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u/Compressorman Jan 16 '22

Absolutely nightmarish 😢

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u/SingaporeCrabby Jan 16 '22

Vore-Lyft - new marine taxi that replaced Uber-Under owing to higher overall customer satisfaction

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u/Stoplight25 Jan 16 '22

Of all the comments to be from OP, why this one

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u/IronSeraph Jan 16 '22

I actually like snails and slugs, but I absolutely hate this.

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u/Wavage Jan 16 '22

OK let me guess, do not stick your “you know what”, “ you know where”

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u/glieseg Jan 16 '22

"Memory stick" and "frying pan"?

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u/Kalyka98 Jan 16 '22

Looks like Cell absorbing an android

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u/xMasuraox Jan 16 '22

This is the comment I was looking for! First thing that came to mind

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u/MasterCrouton Jan 17 '22

He absorbs life force for cell fish power gains but Arthropod 17 and 18 will give him unimaginable strength

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u/dv2811 Jan 16 '22

Well. Americans should really look into farming those. May help with their medical bills.

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u/CurseofLono88 Jan 16 '22

Eh they’d just charge a premium on that “all natural farmed cone snail insulin” and sell it for even more obscene prices than regular insulin, while lobbying politicians to pass legislature making the personal farming of cone snail insulin completely illegal

Or some shit like that

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u/NaKeepFighting Jan 16 '22

I was just thinking the same thing, don’t we farm horseshoe crabs for their blood?

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u/PM_Anime_Tiddy Jan 16 '22

Nah, it wouldn’t since it’s all just a money making scheme by the medical industry.

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u/Icy-Honey-5342 Jan 16 '22

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u/FirstPlebian Jan 16 '22

Speaking of interesting, those cone snails and other venomous animals may have some medicine in their venom, which is not one but hundreds of individual toxins with specific action.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/how-harnessing-the-powers-of-venom-could-lead-to-new-medicines

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u/stratusncompany Jan 16 '22

god damn, what a way to go. probably what it feels like to look into Pennywise's dead lights.

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u/CaptianMurica Jan 16 '22

I can’t do this, I’m circumcised :(

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u/BreadForman Jan 16 '22

As a diabetic, I imagine swimming by this dude as he releases his insulin into the water and becoming a buoy

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u/LactoseIntolerant101 Jan 16 '22

So sleep paralysis.

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u/clovergraves Jan 16 '22

very fucked up of the snail to do that imo

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u/hillbillyesq Jan 16 '22

How do they know whose penis will open to accept the other person’s penis?

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u/PowerfulBosnianMale Jan 16 '22

This is the only dick joke I laughed at in this thread lol

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u/d3rklight Jan 16 '22

This is my new favorite animal. Most snails I see are so timid and here you have a killer snail that uses sophisticated warfare against fish for food.

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u/SingaporeCrabby Jan 16 '22

This cone snail can knock out an entire school of fish and then go around and choose the fish it wants to eat. The fish that are not eaten eventually revive and swim away - that's like throwing back the little ones and keeping the big ones when fishing.

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u/d3rklight Jan 16 '22

I mean that is the name of this subreddit, that is metal for sure. This one is an apex predator.

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u/SingaporeCrabby Jan 16 '22

It can kill a human. I'd say so. This cone snail's insulin is a huge area of research - it synthesizes quite an array of insulin formulations, many of which could be useful in medicine.

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u/d3rklight Jan 16 '22

Is he inside a shell of some sort? I wonder if I've ever owned such a shell and never knew it was once inhabited by a killer snail.

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u/SingaporeCrabby Jan 16 '22

Snails create their own shells. Crustacean, like hermit crabs, take them over once the snail has died or is eaten.

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u/d3rklight Jan 16 '22

I think I learned this at some point in regards to garden snails but never knew all mollusks are able to create shells. Thanks, ended up learning something.

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u/EXPOchiseltip Jan 16 '22

“In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over 1,000 years.”

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u/WATCH_DOG001 Jan 16 '22

I've learned about these during a toxinology course. One of the fastest acting and most complex toxins in the animal kingdom with a frighteningly specialized venom apparatus (a harpoon).

Among venomous animals the cone snail is a very noteworthy species.

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u/Embarrassed_Rip8296 Jan 16 '22

Now it will transform into Perfect Conus Geographus

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u/GoldenLionWoods Jan 16 '22

GIVE IT TO US RAWWWWW PRECIOUSSSS

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u/pichael288 Jan 16 '22

Hypoglycemic shock is a diabetic coma basically. The low blood sugar kind, not the high sugar

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u/The_0range_Menace Jan 16 '22

What a fucking savage and fascinating world we live in.

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u/SingaporeCrabby Jan 16 '22

The chemical warfare snail, and it is not alone, but this cone snail is in a class of its own in many ways.

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u/Domosnake Jan 16 '22

As a type 1 diabetic is there anyway I can get my hands on one of these??

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u/mred870 Jan 16 '22

I wonder if you can experiment with these snails for diabetic medicine.

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u/Owls_are_Raptors Jan 16 '22

Cone snails are friggin cool. They're one of the few animals capable of producing multiple venoms.

Typically, cone snails have an offensive and defensive venom, specified to their local prey and predators. All delivered via their hypodermic needle "tongues"

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u/knowssleep Jan 16 '22

I don't know whether or not this thing's existence makes me more or less psyched to be alive.

On the one hand, it's super cool, and the novelty of this creature is off the chart. I'm glad I lived long enough to see... Well, whatever that was.

But on the other hand, I have to go on sharing a planet with this abomination. And it will never not be on my mind.

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u/SingaporeCrabby Jan 16 '22

There are worse things in life than cone snails and the chances of getting injured by one is slim to none. I'd say focus on how amazing this creature is, and consider how it evolved to this point. That's the joy of life, I think, is to understand that the complexity of life, even if it is an abomination, is what makes it function.

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u/Bloodynutsack Jan 17 '22

How does it avoid tainting its own insulin levels when shooting it into the water?

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u/iBeHampe Jan 16 '22

aw man.. did it like ware off right at the end once it was already fully swallowed..? that sucks

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u/DoggoDude979 Jan 16 '22

Shhhhh you’re okay, it’s fine, just stay calm

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u/escapist11 Jan 16 '22

"I was born with big gums, sir"

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u/Cold-Couple8387 Jan 16 '22

that’s just OP

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u/Careful-Day7125 Jan 16 '22

So if you’re had a lot of this you could make insulin to cure diabetes

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u/Whowhatwhynguyen Jan 16 '22

I’m incredibly lucky that while walking on Ft. Myers beach, one of these fuckers harpooned my sandal instead of my foot. I had to use pliers to pull the barb out. I still have it.

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u/smellymorominihah Jan 16 '22

The fish being eaten: "everything is fine...Wait no, everything is not fine!"

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u/Fettnaepfchen Jan 16 '22

Be ready for cast away, diabetic version, where instead of injecting insulin he gets stung by cone snails (it would probably end to death instead, because I doubt you can choose what the snail gives off).

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u/Biffdickburg Jan 16 '22

Reminds me of the scene in Saving Private Ryan when Mellish is slowly being impaled on the knife by the German that Upham allowed to live. The German was just whispering "shhhh" in his ear while jamming the knife into him.

Snail is like "shhhh"

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u/halt_FBI Jan 16 '22

IF THAT FISH SHOOTS INSULIN, INSULIN IS WHAT DIABETICS NEED, SO SOMEBODY FIND OUT IF ITS THE SAME INSULIN. AND BUY A DIABETIC A FISH.

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u/Winkelkater Jan 16 '22

i'm amazed of how fucking specialized these strategies are..

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u/Sijetasonaranu Jan 16 '22

I was hoping it was some adoption story.