Educational Sand Dollar Video Creeps Out Many (Video)

| by Sheena Vasani
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A woman found a live sand dollar and recorded it for a video that was meant to be educational but ended up creeping out some viewers (video below).

“Sand dollars are amazing creatures that are in fact alive despite seeming like they do not move,” the YouTube channel SeaSomething writes. “This video shows that sand dollars do move, as well as the difference between a live and a dead sand dollar.”

At the beginning of the video, the woman picks up a dark, round and flattened object that looks like an inanimate rock, but is actually a live, breathing sand dollar.

She then picks up a dead sand dollar, which is beige and looks like it has a flower tattooed on its surface.

Although the video was supposed to be educational and interesting, many users quickly found the video weird and did not hesitate to express their feelings.

As she flips the live animal over and zooms into its back, shiny, almost slimy bristles are moving -- something that creeped out many.

“She flipped it , i gagged , i love nature but aaaahhhh,” one user wrote. Another commented, “At 0:51, knew right then and there that i wanted to scratch all the skin off my face and set fire to my clothes.”

Another wrote about how those same bristles once turned her off the beach.

“I actually stepped on one of these at a beach, I was in water that was almost up to my neck. I didn't know what it was but I was curious so like a dummy I picked it up. At first I didn't know what it was but then I saw tiny little "legs" all around it moving....Since then I'm not really a beach person,” user Shai Boldin wrote.

The woman explains the bristles are used to capture food for the sand dollars. In the middle of the bristles is the sand dollar’s mouth, which the little hairy tentacles pull food into.

The sea creature is just one of many simultaneously fascinating and creepy animals living in the ocean, PPCorn reports.

One fish -- the stargazer -- looks like it's a part of the sea floor but has the shape of a skull. 

Another -- the snaggletooth fish -- looks like a monster with fangs.

It’s not just fishes that can look strange. The odd-looking and twisted gulper eel grows up to 3 feet long -- the height of a small child.

Sources: SeaSomething/YouTube, PPCorn / Photo credit: SeaSomething/YouTube

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