Those aren’t the pedals of a particularly exotic flower, they’re the papillae inside a Loggerhead turtle’s throat.
The inward-pointing papillae are covered in a thick mucus that helps filter out pieces of inedible material a Loggerhead might encounter—whether its invertebrate shells or actual trash—sort of like a miniature Sarlacc. Besides how genuinely weird their insides look, what makes this short video all the more extraordinary is that Loggerheads are an endangered species, meaning dissecting one was likely a rare treat for these marine biologists.
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