Meet the Sea Cucumber

I chose to include a sea cucumber in one of my murals because of their fascinating beauty despite the simplicity of their anatomy. Sea cucumbers belong to the same animal family as starfish, sea urchins and sand dollars, and they can be found on the sea bed of every ocean. Sea cucumbers have the awesome function of being the recyclers of the seas, assisting with the breakdown of waste and essentially maintaining the balance of the marine ecosystem.

sea cucumber

Sea Cucumber detail

The image above shows just one example of these basically tube-shaped creatures. What is fascinating is how varied they can look. Take a peek at this website. One of the cucumber’s super amazing skills is the ability to liquify its body to quickly hide in crevices and cracks to escape predators. Neat feature, is it not?

 

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