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Seaside Sharpshooter

Remember the Giant Vinegaroon? It's a whip scorpion that shoots vinegar at its foes. But what's vinegar without some oil, right? Despair not, because here comes the fulmar to the rescue.

A stocky gull-like seabird, the fulmar produces a yellowish oil in its stomach for feeding to its young. The oil is also useful in times of distress. If an intruder approaches the fulmar's nest, the bird can spit its stomach oil several feet with the accuracy of a marksman. And if the shot alone doesn't deter an intruder, there's also the smell. To put it bluntly, fulmar oil stinks. In fact, the birds themselves, even their eggs, possess a very strong odor.

Click here to learn more about the Northern Fulmar.

Click here to learn more about the Giant Vinegaroon.