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MOVIE: Sea Cucumber

Post by Michael Milligan on November 27th 2010, 4:00 am

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Re: MOVIE: Sea Cucumber

Post by Hero on August 30th 2011, 1:37 am

Wow nice video! They look like underwater caterpillars in all honesty.

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Re: MOVIE: Sea Cucumber

Post by Michael Milligan on September 11th 2011, 5:04 pm

lol, they sure don't FEEL like caterpillars! This one met it's end the instant a rock crab found it.
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Re: MOVIE: Sea Cucumber

Post by Hero on September 11th 2011, 5:38 pm

It looks like it would have pretty good defenses. How big was it?

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Re: MOVIE: Sea Cucumber

Post by Michael Milligan on September 18th 2011, 3:07 pm

It didn't have any defences from that! lol. It might taste bad or something, who knows. They live way down in the rocks and put up the bright, beautiful "flower" of a mouth to catch passing food particles. That one was, I think, 8-10 in when fully puffed.
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Post by Hero on September 18th 2011, 3:53 pm

To bad it didn't make it! It was cool looking.

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Re: MOVIE: Sea Cucumber

Post by 4PacNW on September 18th 2011, 5:15 pm

California Sea Cucumbers(Parastichopus Californicus) are actually detritivores which feeds using their short tentacles to mop up that which has settled on the substrate. I can see how it could be confused with Cucumaria Miniata(Orange Sea Cucumber) which does trap drifting material with their bright orange and larger tentacles, as they do co-occur and Cucumaria are usually more difficult to extract as they do live stuck to and between or under rocks.
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Re: MOVIE: Sea Cucumber

Post by Michael Milligan on September 18th 2011, 6:27 pm

Thank-you, 4pacNW. I was mistaken. But this allowed me to understand that I have actually found both of these before. That one there was like under a rock while I have caught orange sea cucs before as well. Having seen THEM filtering with their large mouth pieces I thought this ate the same way.
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