That’s the funniest lookin’ carrot I’ve ever seen. A real cuckoo-maria. In fact, that’s its name now – Cucumaria frondosa is the scientific name, and orange-footed sea cucumber is the common name, and I can’t decide which one sounds funnier. Yes, it’s not a carrot – it’s an echinoderm. Like a sea urchin, only squishier… and kind of pretty in its own way.
This image came from the “Wurms” volume, number 9, of Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs, written by late-18th-century naturalist Georg Heinrich Borowski, and illustrated by D.F. Sotzmann.
You can browse through all 10 volumes here, at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.