Saturday, January 14, 2017

Return of the Sea Cucumber

Three-rowed sea cucumber
Is more than one donkey dung sea cucumber a shitload?

I’ve blogged about sea cucumbers before, but they’re just so darn photogenic, and I’ve never seen so many in one place as in Bocas del Toro, so here we go again. Basically, a sea cucumber is a squishy tube of flesh – mouth at one end, anus at the other – that roams the sea floor. Not all roam; at least one species burrows and feeds by extending tentacles above the sand. Generally we’d spot them here and there, but in Bocas waters they’re everywhere – here, and there, and over there, and there, too… You get it. Here are a few we’ve encountered lately.

Conical sea cucumber

Hidden sea cucumber - the body is beneath the sand, and it's feeding with these exposed tentacles

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