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15 Terrifying Things in the Ocean That Can Sting You

Life under the sea is enormously different than what feel-good movies like The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo make it out to be. A far cry from the land of singing crustaceans and forgetful (yet totally good-natured!) reef fish, the ocean is actually home to more than a few creatures that would do you harm—and in many cases, that harm comes in the form of a nasty sting. From slow-crawling sea urchins to eerie electric eels, these are the surprising sea creatures that you don’t want to encounter.

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15 Terrifying Things in the Ocean That Can Sting You

Before you head to the beach, make sure you read up on these sea creatures that sting — and what to look out for so you can avoid them.