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- You ready?

- Yeah, I'm ready, man.

Are you ready?

Look at that thing.

- Ah!



Tell me when I'm in the venomous ones.

- Oh, you're down pretty low.

Yeah, you're on it.

- Oh, the little spines are in.

- Oh, dude. - Oh.

I'm definitely dizzy, dude.

- Really? - Yeah, I feel weird, man.

- He's feeling dizzy.

- Have a seat on the floor, bud.

- I just want to go to sleep.

- Rob. You all right?

- Oh. - Caveman.

- In 1983, entomologist Dr. Justin Schmidt

began ranking stinging insects on a scale from one to four.

He put himself in harm's way for science.

Now, Adam Thorn

and "Caveman" Rob Alleva

are taking Schmidt's index further.

- He's ready to go. Do you want to get bit?

- Ah!

- Adding venomous bites...

- Let go!

- ...and more deadly creatures.

- It's coming!

That hippo just hit the boat!

- Ranking them on a 30-point scale with new categories.

- That is the worst I've ever had.

- Intensity.

- Oh. - Oh.

- Duration. - It's getting worse.

- And damage.

- Ah! Help! Help!

- Ah! That's enough! - Ah!

- All right, man, Bali. - This is awesome.

We're on the wrong side of the road.

- Well, not gonna get into this conversation

with you again about what's right and what's wrong?

- Look on the map, how many countries

drive on the right side compared to the left?

Right side makes more sense.

- I don't know. No comment.

- We've got some really interesting animals lined up.

- Yeah, I mean, the rove beetle.

I'm very interested in this thing.

I have no idea what is going to do to us.

Today we're on the hunt for the rove beetle.

This seemingly harmless little bastard

secretes a toxin that breaks down human flesh.

- When we get bitten or stung, the pain is usually immediate.

But with this toxin, it's going to take days to take effect.

So we're going to see how this delayed reaction

compares to some of the other things on our index.

People have scars for life from these things.

- Oh, absolutely.

- But it's not immediate.

The next day, you might get some redness.

And then a day or two later,

that's when you'll start getting blisters forming.

And it causes your skin to die.

Oh, man.

- Well, the other animal on the list, fire urchin.

That's cool, but it's gonna bloody hurt, I reckon.

- Just sounds bad, man.

- Brightly colored, but covered in spines.

This thing can deliver intense pain, paralysis,

and potentially a deadly infection.

- Every year in North America,

there's about 1,800 people stung by urchins.

So the chances of running into these animals

is greater than ever,

which makes it a perfect creature

to add to our pain scale.

It's actually one of my biggest fears

is getting stuck on an urchin.

When I'm snorkeling, that's what I'm worried about.

- We ain't here on a holiday, that's for sure.

- No, a dream vacation into a nightmare, man.

- Yeah, vacation from hell, man. - Yes.

- This looks like the temple.

- Oh yeah.

This has got to be it.

- This would have to be it.

- We're setting up base camp for the rove beetle

and the fire urchin outside of this ancient Hindu temple.

We're going to call it the Temple of Doom.

[ bell tolls ]

- Which I guess makes this guy like

the gatekeeper to a world of pain.

[ speaking foreign language ]

- We've got jungle on one side,

and the coast of the Indian Ocean on the other.

This is the perfect location to conduct our bites

and stings safely and in a controlled environment.

It's pretty thick. - Yeah.

- It's also the perfect location to hunt the animals

we're looking for in their natural habitat.

No way. That's pretty epic.

- Rove beetles are nocturnal.

Instead of us searching the jungle

for this tiny little beetle,

we're going to get the beetle to come to us.

That's why we're setting up these lights.

If you've been camping,

you know insects bloody love lights.

And we've got these lights,

which sort of cover all the spectrums of light,

because we don't know what spectrum the rove beetle's

going to be attracted to.

- Right. - So we'll cover all bases.

- All right, let's see how it looks.

- Ready? - Yeah.

Light off.

- Oh, yeah. - Nice.

- It's a masterpiece.

- The rove beetle. Staphylinidae.

This insect belongs to a huge super family

of beetles worldwide, and there are over

4,000 species of rove beetle in North America alone.

Some members of this family contain a potent irritant,

known as pederin, and it causes a massive amount of damage,

burning through layer upon layer of skin.

There is fossilized remains of rove beetles

dating back 200 million years.

But what's interesting is in the Bible,

in the third and fourth plague, they mention insects,

but it is the sixth plague which is interesting.

They mentioned boils and blistering.

This is very reminiscent of the rove beetle.

This is a Biblical animal.

[ owl hoots ]

- Whoa, I can see lots of bugs already, man.

- Oh yeah.

Turn your headlamp off so we don't

attract anything to our faces.

- Good idea.

- Oh, man, look at these bees, man.

[ buzzing ]

- There's other little insects everywhere, as well.

Well, it's working, dude, it's working.

- It's working. - There's bugs on it.

- It's actually working.

- That's-- that's a rove beetle. - It is?

- That's a rove beetle.

Dude, there's three of them right here, all together.

- Let's scoop them up less they get away.

- Well, help me, help me. - What do you want?

- Just tap them in with your forceps.

- Okay. Gotcha.

We know this thing's gonna inflict severe damage

that won't surface for days.

But we also know they can only spray

their toxic haemolymph a few inches.

So we're going to use tweezers and go in and get these things.

I'm going to lean on you a little bit.

- All right. That one's on the run,

that one's on the run.

That one's in. That one's in. - It's in. It's in.

- It's a big one. That one's in.

All right, all right. - All right.

- Okay.

- Like shooting fish in a barrel.

That's several. That's enough, isn't it?

- Oh, yeah.

- Yeah. - All right, good job.

All right, let's go wash our hands.

- I never expected to be this nervous about the rove beetle.

Whenever we conduct our bites and stings,

we do it in a controlled environment.

There is no exception for the rove beetle secretion.

- It's going to be tough because you're not going

to feel the effects today.

We're gonna be sitting around for the next few days,

waiting for it to get worse.

- Well, I'm going up first.

- Please remember, do not touch your eyes,

or wherever that little toxic venom goes,

it can cause irritation.

You spread it to your eyes, it can cause blindness.

- That's insane.

I like seeing things.

- If we do it on the leg, and then we cover it up

before take pants on and off,

with that prevent it from spreading?

- Yes, it will.

- Okay. - You cool with that?

- I'm cool with that, yeah.

- At least we're eliminating any potential blindness.

- Let me give you guys some gloves.

- Okay. - All right.

There you go. There you go.

Please, especially, don't get it in your eyes or your face.

- Okay. - Yeah.

- You cool with shaving my legs?

- All right, fine, let's shave your legs.

- All right. - All right.

Caveman and I are oozing with masculinity.

And a side effect of this is we're extremely hairy men.

So we've agreed to shave each other's legs.

- Going in.

- Which will help the rove beetle

come in contact with actual skin and not a forest of fur.

- Ugh. Look at that. Dude.

- That's even disgusting to me.

I think, initially, it's not gonna hurt.

But the duration and damage,

I think, is going to be very serious.

I think it's going to be very high.

- All right, you're in for the worst case of razor burn ever.

- This can take a few days to come into full effect.

We can expect blistering,

you know, lesions, open wounds.

And then after that, who knows.

- All right.

- Don't want to look too close.

- I don't know how far this thing can spray.

- Oh.

- Oh, nice.

He got you, man.

- A rove beetle doesn't bite, doesn't sting.

The mechanism of injury is one,

they can spray haemolymph on you,

which is basically bug blood.

This thing did spray a little bit of haemolymph on you.

But the only way you get the full effect is if you smash it.

The second way, if you crush it,

then you get all the haemolymph on you,

and all the toxins that the animal has.

So the worst thing that you can do

is when these lands on you is smash it.

But that's your instinct.

A bug goes on you, you want to smash it.

So that's how a lot of people get problems with these.

This could really mess you up, so you're sure about this.

I'm gonna crush it now and then

you got permanent damage now.

- All I feel is the forceps on my skin.

I don't feel anything from the rove beetle.

- I don't want you to get cheated.

I want you to have the full effect.

- Caveman also smears it into my skin.

We have hemoglobin, they have haemolymph,

which is the blood of the bug.

So if you squash the bug on you,

the haemolymph will leak all over you.

And that, apparently, is a lot worse than the actual spray.

If there wasn't bug blood on me already, there certainly is now.

- Normally at this point, we would wash this thoroughly.

And then we'd take anti histamines immediately.

We're not going to do that.

- This is crazy.

It's like put the beetle on you, then wait and see.

- Just a small, minute amount of that toxin

that's in the blood can really cause some damage.

So I'm expecting to see some pretty gnarly blistering,

and I shouldn't be pulling anything out.

We're just going to cover it so you don't spread anywhere else.

- Okay. Quarantining that patch.

It's almost like you want to be wearing, like,

a hazmat suit or something when dealing with these things.

- Can't tell where you're spreading it.

- No.

- And you don't know if it's gonna be just a minor rash

or if you're gonna have permanent damage.

Like it's done.

- Yeah, it's done, but it's not done.

- Can't turn back, either.

- This is so crazy. It doesn't look like anything.

- Just don't make eye contact. - Yeah.

- So gentle. - Rob's up.

It's time for him to get secreted by the rove beetle.

All right, you're prepped. - We're ready.

You know I'm pretty nervous right now.

But I think the real scary part is going to be

in the morning when you wake up,

and you know, it could just be a giant blister.

This could get very infected.

You could have muscle damage.

This is a serious animal.

Maybe a quarter of an inch long,

but this puts people in the hospital.

- Here we go.

- Rubbing me good, huh?

- Get that haemolymph spread all throughout that area.

- It's so crazy.

It doesn't look like anything,

but you know there's a toxin,

just being absorbed as you do that.

- Yeah, it's like the silent assassin.

- Don't take those gloves off yet.

We're going to wrap it and roll it.

- Normally you have a protocol for treating these things.

You take antihistamines, antibiotics if you need them.

- Okay. - Okay.

- We're not doing any of that.

We want to see how bad this can get.

The only thing you can do is wait and see.

And pray to God it's not too bad.

- Now we wait for the skin to melt.

- Great.

- Usually when people come into contact with the secretion,

or even the blood of this insect, they don't even know it.

So we're gonna leave it untreated

and let it run its course.

So it's day three

after the rove beetle secretion.

- Uh, I noticed that last night, it's starting to get

a little bit red, and now I've got like

a little bit like an ulcer here.

Look there.

Looks like pus maybe even in there.

So that's what it is so far.

We'll see how bad it gets.

- Woke up this morning. And there's a mark.

This could be the start of the rove beetle's wrath.

- It's getting disgusting and starting to hurt.

It looks kind of like bad acne at this point.

- It's a slow process,

but something's definitely happening.

Something's brewing on my leg,

and it could lead to something very bad.

- Now it's actually getting really painful.

Feels like jolts of electricity kind of going through my leg

to where I almost fell.

Let's hope it doesn't get any worse.

- Well, let's have a look.

- All right.


It's so sensitive, as well.

- Let me slowly help you just a little bit.

- Yeah, yeah, yeah.

- Oh, yeah.

- Man.

It's so sensitive.

It's pretty excruciating, not only on the skin,

but it's also gone through the muscle,

and almost feels like it's bone.

- This is all that vesicant affects.

The blistering agent that's there.

Already as is, this bit that's there,

I have a strong feeling that especially

with your pale complexion

that it's really going to leave some scars there.

- That tiny insect has left more of a mark on me

than any other animal.

- How's your leg doing?

- You tell me.

- You want to roll it up?

Try making this easier.

- Ah.

- Oh, wow.

You've definitely got plenty of venom and toxin effects there.

- Yeah, I mean, I thought mine was bad.

Kind of like leprosy or something.

- Is it tender when I press here?

- No.

- So it's not getting infected.

Overall, the redness is pretty limited

to where the rove beetle was on you.

It's staying right here, for now at least.

- Okay.

- Who would have thought, hey? A tiny little rove beetle.

- My mind is blown from that rove beetle.

It's starting to dry out a bit,

which is good, because it was blistering.

It looks like my leg is going through puberty.

How's yours doing?

- It's scary. It's really scary.

- Oh! Wow, dude.

Sorry, that is disgusting.

- It is insanely painful.

And now it's starting to leak fluids.

Normally you would not want to pop blisters on your own,

but the doctors cleared that.

So I'm going to go ahead and pop the ones

that are really ready to pop.

We've already got some fluid leaking already

and that could still have a little bit of toxin left in it.

And I don't want it to spread anywhere else.

- I really want to see what comes out of this.

- Ah!

- Oh. - Mm. That's disgusting.

- Oh.

- That hurts and it's disgusting.

- Can't look away.

- Ah! - Oh, dude.

- Ah.

- Oh, that's disgusting.

- I don't know what's worse, the pain or the visual.

It's so bad.

- I'm really interested to see

how you'll rate it versus how I'll rate it.

Because you got hammered by that thing.

- It's unlike any toxin we've encountered before.

It wasn't trying to paralyze us or cripple us with pain.

It just caused this nasty, huge, open wound.

And that's what hurts.


I'm gonna give it six for intensity.

- When I was putting on my pants,

putting them off again, it would hurt.

Oh. Yeah.

- Oh, yeah.

- But it wasn't an ongoing intense pain.

I'm giving it a five.

That gives us an average of five and a half for the rove beetle.

Now for duration.

It's been days since we've had that secretion

rubbed on our legs.

This is crazy.

Just put the beetle on you, then wait and see.

And we're still going to be left with

itchiness and pain for days to come, if not weeks.

So for duration with the rove beetle, I'm giving it an eight.

- This thing hurt over a period of several days.

Now it's actually getting really painful.

But it didn't hurt the entire day.

But that's still deserves a good six.

That's still pretty big.

- That's an average of seven for duration.

- And now for damage.

That is blisters.

There's nasty fluids coming out.

And I consider a 10 permanent damage,

loss of mobility, but it's still going to get a nine.

I'm going to have a permanent scar for the rest of my life,

but it's superficial, it's cosmetic.

- There has been no other animal so far that we've put

on this pain index that has left us with permanent damage.

I know I'm going to be left with a scar.

I'm giving an eight for damage.

- Wow.

- That gives us an average of 8.5.

- That's 21 total for the rove beetle.

- I can't believe it. It's a thing the size of an ant.

It's the smallest animal we've done so far on the pain index,

but it's rated a 21 out of 30.

- That's our highest score yet.

That's higher than the harvester ants,

the scorpion fish, and the crown of thorns.

Dude, that is ridiculous for such tiny beetle.

- Anything can mess you up.

I don't care if it's the size of an elephant

or tiny rove beetle, you've gotta respect it.

- Whew.

- But we're not out of the woods yet.

We've still got to go find the fire urchin.

- I- We've taken aoing to hafew extra dayschin,

to fully recover from the rove beetle toxin.

But now it's time to set out and find the fire urchin.

Its venomous spines are said to cause extreme pain.

We're hoping to find some here in these rock pools

at the beach.

Whoa, look at this place.

- Oh, dude, there is no lack of tide pools here.

- It is beautiful. - Wow.

This looks like perfect habitat for fire urchins.

- Tide pools are rich with sea life.

It's the perfect place to look for the fire urchin.

There's a lot of algae for them to eat,

and there's nooks and crannies for them to hide in

from predators and strong ocean currents.

- Man, these tides pools are amazing.

- It's so epic, man.

- There's little crabs and stuff.

Dude! Dude!

- What have you got? Urchin?

- Blue ringed octopus.

- Oh my God.

- Oh, [bleep]. Dude.

- Be careful, man. These things are deadly.

- Uh, very deadly.

That is probably one of the most venomous animals on the planet.

- Okay, okay.

Okay, we cannot grab this thing with our bare hands.

But I want to get a look at it. - Just watch your fingers, dude.

That's a neurotoxic venom, and that will end your life.

- The blue ringed octopus, tiny little octopus

that can kill you in two or three minutes.

Easy, buddy. Easy does it. - Oh.

Got him? - Yes.

Tetrodotoxin, just like I got tattooed on my arm

because it's one of the craziest toxins in all of nature.

You're going to lose control of your muscles.

You're going to be aware of what's happening to you,

but there's nothing you can do about it.

- Look at the rings on it. Look how vibrant that is.

- It's letting you know, I'm beautiful and I'm dangerous.

- This is something we cannot put on our pain index.

- If we'd been bitten by that,

it's up to God whether you go home or not.

- I'm gonna gently just coax it out.

All right, let's get away from this pool.

- This has just made it way more dangerous.

- Yeah.

- Because who knows what the hell's lying in this water?

- Well, we gotta find this fire urchin.

Let's just do it as safely as possible.

- Yeah.

The fire urchin. Astropyga radiata.

This relatively large tropical urchin

gets its name from its burn-like stings

and bright red color.

It possesses two sets of spines.

The longest set are hollow,

but the shortest set contain that potent venom.

This can cause severe pain and even anaphylaxis.

- Sea urchins are found all over the planet,

including the coast of the United States.

So the chances that people will encounter one is pretty high.

It usually doesn't go too well.

- Oh, now that's a tide pool. Yeah.

Yeah, look, there's four deep spots.

There's rock cover.

If anywhere is going to harbor a fire urchin,

this has got to be the place.

- Oh, oh, oh!


- Oh, that thing's is massive. - That thing's a beast.

- Well, I'm going to need both hands for this.

- Yeah.

- So when I go down, give me some time to wrangle the thing,

then you come down with a net

and we'll chuck it in, all right?

- That sounds good. - All right.

- Whoo.

- I don't want to get stung here.

- No, that's later. - All right.

- Be careful.

- Good job.

- Yes!

- Good job. We got it.

We got it, man.

- Watch where we're stepping.

- Wow.

- Look at it. - That thing is huge.

- Look how many spines it's got on it.

They are a beautiful sea creature,

but with beauty comes the beast.

These things pack a punch.

- Got it? - Yeah. Look.

- Be careful. - All right.

All right, man.

The sting comes next.

- I'm afraid you're right.

- Let's do it.

- This is gonna hurt.

- This is a great way to ruin a beautiful location.

- This is the Temple of Pain.

The place we're getting stung in

is old school Balinese looking.

It's beautiful.

It's got pretty surrounding.

But what's taking place inside is not going to be fun.

It's not going to be pretty. It's going to be painful.

- It's as big as I remember.

All right.

- There's a lot more spines than I remember.

- You know what, give me your backpack.

I want the doctor really close to us.

- All right.

- Man.

I have no experience with sea urchin stings.

But all the marine stings I've encountered

have been brutal.


I'm just feeling pain.

It just doesn't stop.

Crown of thorns sea star.


- Look, look, look. - What the hell?


The Scorpionfish.


Mm. Mm.


All have been incredibly painful.

Oh God.

Oh, why did I do that?

I'm feeling that sense of dread.

Normally I'm kind of itching to get this thing over with.

Not today, not on this one.

This could be really bad.

- Okay guys, you need to make sure that you do

get those lower, those smaller spines that are further inside,

so you can get the actual venom.

Okay? - All right.

- Thanks, I guess.

All right, man.

- Bring out the monster.

- Oh, they're sharp.


- Got you?

- Even that, oh, man.

- That little bit hurt? - Even that hurts, man.

All right.

I got him. I got him.

- All right.

- Dude, I'm shaking.

- Go ahead and gently set him down on here.

- Look at that thing.

It's walking on the stump.

All right.

You ready?

- Yeah, I'm ready, man.

I'm ready.

- All right, so I'll-- whoa.

- Did you see it jump? - Yeah.

- All right.

I'm not backing off until I'm all the way

to the body of the sea urchin.

That's the only way I'm gonna get a real sting.

So it's gonna be a test of willpower

just to push your arm that far down.

Talking pain, spines breaking off in your skin.


- Ready? - Yeah.

You ready?

Oh. Ah!

Ah! Oh.




Tell me when I'm in the venomous ones.

- I can't see, dude.

I can't-- oh, you're down pretty low.

You down pretty low.

You're on it. You're on it.

- Oh, the little spines are in.

- Oh, dude.

- The little spines are in.

Oh. Oh.

- [bleep]

- Argh.



Why do we keep doing this, man?

I feel like I'm white as a ghost.

Definitely dizzy, dude.

- Really? - Yeah, I feel weird, man.

- He's feeling dizzy. - Have a seat on the floor, bud.

- Feels like my arm's on fire right now.

- Is all the pain there, or is it going up your arm?

- Oh.

I just want to go to sleep.

- Rob. You all right?

You all right, dude?

- I can handle a lot of pain,

but this one's just a-- it's a weird one.

- This is terrifying.

- It's weird. The pain's increasing,

but I'm feeling more alive.

- I was very concerned about Rob when I saw how white he got,

and how pale he got, the sweat coming down.

I was getting pretty worried there in terms of him

passing out, because he was vagaling down.

What vagaling is is we have the vagus nerve

that kind of brings our heart rate dn

from either pain or something psychosomatic.

So we were able to lie him down quick enough,

get him to just take it easy

until he was only dealing with that localized pain.

- The pain is literally a burn.

- Really?

- It is the most burning pain I've had yet.

- Just sit up first, and just stay seated for a minute.

- Take it slow. - I want to get a set

of vital signs, okay, bud? - Okay, yeah.

- Yeah, good idea.

- Your blood pressure's reading actually higher.


Your heart rate's up a little bit, 95 to 100.

You're hyperventilating a little bit.

Your respiratory rate's elevated in the upper 20s.

- There's different types of pain.

Some that make you feel very energized,

and there's some that just make you feel tired.

An oppressive pain, and this is one of those.

- Really?

- This one has sapped every ounce of energy out of my body.

That's probably why I felt dizzy.

The pain from the fire urchin is immense.

Burning, itching.

But what really scared me was almost passing out.

If that had happened to me in the ocean,

I don't know what I would have done.

I wouldn't have been able to swim.

I probably would have drowned.

- That was pretty, pretty scary.

That was hit and miss for a while, man.

This is why going second is worse than going first.

- I think I'm ready. I think.

The fire urchin nearly knocked Caveman out.

- Ah! Ah!

- I was nervous before seeing Caveman get stung.

Now it's multiplied by 10.

This thing is an imposing looking animal.

It is big, it's spiky.

This is gonna hurt.

- Yeah, ouch.

Yeah, it gets less buoyant out of the water,

they get sharper.

- Yeah.

- You have more pressure on.

All right, buddy.

- Just watch, hey, because it crawls off the log

and it's super strong.

- Guard it for a second while I get this glove on.

I want to make sure that you get the full effects of the venom,

so that area looks like it's got a lot of spines to me.

- All right.

Guys, I'm going for it.

- Ready? You got it?


Ah. Ah.





Oh yeah, look at all the little ones in there.

Ah, that's sore.

Ah, yeah, that's like fire.

That's why it's called the fire urchin, eh?

Ah, man.

Oh, I got heaps of those little ones.


Oh, that is insane,

how much that replicates fire.

- Yeah.

- [bleep]

- Oh man.

Oh, that sucks.

Dude, that is horrible.

Some of these spines are so deep, when I move my arm,

I can feel them moving inside the muscle.

This is agony, the burning sensation,

everything that came with this sting,

and visually, having things sticking out your arm

just makes it a lot worse.

I do feel a little lightheaded, to be honest.

I got a bit of a headache, as well.

Yeah, just like switched on like a light.

- Yeah, so let's make sure that your blood pressure's okay.

- How's that pain doing?

- It's getting worse.

- Your blood pressure's 188/82.

Your blood pressure's definitely up.

Your heart rate's at 105.

Your respiratory rate is in the upper 40s,

almost 50 there.

- Whoa. Hey, what's normal?

- 12 to 20. - What? Whoa.

- We need to keep a close eye on that.

- You all right, man?

- It's like the pain has just leached energy from me.

- Right.

- All right, if you feel nauseous,

chest pain, anything like that,

let me know right away.

- Yeah. Cheers.

Look at them all.

Oh man.

- This is gonna be a very interesting one

on the pain index. - Yeah.

- We survived the sea urchin sting.

But now it's not even over.

There's spines still embedded, they can be covered in bacteria.

We knew those spines were going to break off in our skin.

And knowing that going in was harder

because this animal's defense is to have part of his body

break off inside you and cause pain and infection.

- Let's take a close look here.

- All right.

- Yeah, you do have a couple little small ones here.

Let me pluck those off.

- We'll take a look with the ultrasound

and see if there's any that are broken off.

If there's anything left under the skin,

then I'm gonna have to get it out.

That could be cutting or with the needle.

Either way it can't stay in. It can cause some big problems.

- Okay.

- The only things really we need to worry about

is the spines being stuck in the skin.

That can introduce infection,

and later cause further issues.

So we need to get those spines out.

All right, let's take a look.

- So this white layer right here is this skin?

- Exactly.

If you go in deeper, you can even see the muscles.

In fact, if you wiggle your fingers,

you might even see it a little bit.

- Oh. - That's cool.

- Right. And this circle here's a blood vessel.

- I've had enough pain for the day.

If he's got to actually cut me open,

this is gonna be the worst sting I've had yet.

- So for you, I don't see any retained bodies there.

It doesn't look infected around it.

- No? - I would just leave it.

- Okay. Thanks, Doc.

- Okay.

Now I definitely still have some in me.

- Oh yeah.

- Ouch.

Nobody likes having splinters inside them,

let alone venomous splinters that cause agonizing,

burning pain, a rash, and itchiness.

I just need these things out of my body.

- All right, let's take a look here.

- Whoa.

- Definitely have a little spine stuck there underneath the skin.

- That feels like it's pushing.

- Pushing a little more, yeah. - Yeah.

- So they're still in there.

So what we're going to definitely have to do

is we're going to soak it in water for a while

to help bring it to the surface.

And either they're going to automatically come out

because they're at the surface,

or then there'll be somewhere where I can pluck them out.

- Okay.

- Instead of going in and digging.

- And you don't have to bash my arm with anything?

- No.

- I still have spines in my bloody arm.

Hopefully, they'll come out when I soak my arm in hot water.

- Take it easy, and then we'll take another look.

- Thanks, Doc. - Yep.

- Whew, so I guess we need to rate this fire urchin.

- That fire urchin did things I never expected.

- This is just a weird one for me.

This is a very weird one.

- Could you imagine getting hit by one in the ocean?

Not-- especially if you haven't even seen what it is.

You'd just freak out man.

You'd think somebody's got an underwater blowtorch on you.

- Mm-hmm. - One thing's for sure:

the intensity of the pain was bad.

Just the puncture wounds alone hurt.


But when your arm comes off of the urchin,

then the burning sets in.


Yeah, that's like fire.

It's like putting your arm in a frying pan.

And that's why I've got to give it a six.

- It's the most accurate name we've come across yet.


Why do we keep doing this, man?

It is 100% a burning pain. It definitely hurt.

I feel like I'm white as a ghost.

So I'm gonna give it a five.

- Okay, so for intensity, that's an average of

five and a half for the fire urchin.

- Duration.

- After about an hour, the pain disappeared.

But then the irritation, the itchiness,

that lasted another sort of hour and a half, as well.

It's an itch I just couldn't scratch.

So for duration, I'm going to give the fire urchin a five.

We had shockingly similar results on the duration of pain.

Mine was about an hour to an hour and a half.

However, my irritation, the itching,

that lasted almost a day for me.

So I'm gonna give it five and a half for duration.

- That's an average of 5.25 for duration.

It damaged me pretty good.

It left spines sticking out of my arm.

I needed Ben, the doctor, to remove them.

I'm going to give it a five for damage.

- Didn't have any blood,

but I did have stuff being pulled out of me.

It was shocking.

This entire area of my arm is bright red,

which I'm kind of getting used to at this point, but.

I'm definitely dizzy, dude.

- Really? - Yeah, I feel weird, man.

It's always the marine animals that just knock me on my butt.

- Rob.

- I don't know what it is about them.

That was really scary.

That's one of the scariest moments I've had.

- I was worried about you, dude.

- It was serious. It was very serious.

I felt faint. I had a bad skin reaction.

But thankfully, all these symptoms resolved very quickly.

So that's a six.

- So you got a six, I got a five for damage,

that gives the fire urchin a five and a half.

- So that's a total of 16.25 for the fire urchin.

- Wow.

- The most impressive thing was it really did

burn like fire, but it didn't score

really high in any one category.

Just got decent scores across the board.

This thing just edges out the tarantula hawk.

But for me, even though I almost passed out

with the fire urchin, I had a crazy red rash.

I've never had anything like the rove beetle.

It practically took my skin off.

I'll never forget about it.

It's going to be a scar for the rest of my life.

- It blew my mind that the rove beetle

was actually worse than the fire urchin.

Gotta look after the smaller guys, mate.

- They fire hard and they fight dirty.

- Bali kicked our ass.

- Yeah, we're leaving here with two permanent scars each.

We had a hard time on this trip.

- If it was easy, it wouldn't be an adventure.

And this definitely was an adventure.

- I'm gonna have nightmares about that fire urchin.

- Yeah. Already have been.

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