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Swimming Sea Cucumber Enypniastes eximia by JadaFitch Swimming Sea Cucumber Enypniastes eximia by JadaFitch
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Sometimes called the headless chicken fish, the swimming sea cucumber is one of the only sea cucumbers that doesn't live exclusively on the ocean floor. They can be found in every ocean, 500 - 5,000 meters deep and are able to swim up 1,000 meters into the water column using front and back swimming structures.
They find food by using the tentacles sur-rounding their mouths to pick up sediments from the sea floor, which they extract the attached edible organic material from. Being able to see this creature's innards through it's translucent skin isn't even the coolest thing about it. When threatened the swimming sea cucumber can cover their entire body in a bioluminescent glow, which it then quickly sheds to distract the predator and make it's escape.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! Finally someone posted an Enypniastes on DA! I've been wondering why no one has depicted this awesome creature.
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