8. Sea Urchin from 8 Animals That Are Eaten Alive Around the World (Slideshow)

8 Animals That Are Eaten Alive Around the World (Slideshow)

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8. Sea Urchin

Sea urchins, those black spiny balls you find on the ocean floor, actually contain a living creature, or at least its gonads. If you have the right tools, or are tenacious enough and have a pair of scissors, then you can crack open the spiky shell, scoop the orange creature out, and eat it alive. It’s eaten mostly in coastal areas and particularly around the Mediterranean – it’s called Ricci di Mare in Italy, uni in Japan, and erizos in Chile.