Friday, 4 October 2013

A Shaggy Sea Cucumber!

Image: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010
Finally! A fuzzy Sea Cucumber you can cuddle!

Just imagine coming home to find this beautiful beast galumphing towards you on dozens of tentacle-legs. It leaps up into your arms and showers your face in kisses with its assortment of feeding appendages as you lovingly run your fingers through its thick mane of tentacle-fur.

Isn't it wonderful?

Image: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010
And just for contrast, here's a completely smooth Sea Cucumber!

Image: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010
And here's another one who apparently walks around on its side. Here you can see the underbelly, as if it's joyfully rolling in the mud. Perhaps it just wants a tickle?

Or maybe it wants you to tend to its worms?

Image: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010
One big, rather pretty Scale Worm!

8 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

cute little fuzzy clinger.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

"fuzzy clinger" Hahaha!

Lear's Fool said...

I'm pretty sure I saw one of those in the discount section at Walgreens!

http://blgiftsimports.com/images/Rhode%20Island%20Novelty/Balls/BAWORBA.JPG

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Haha! If only those little guys could jump into your arms!

Gerald Federizo said...

Is it possible that Hallucigenia might be a sea cucumber with stiff spines on one surface and tentacle legs on the other? The first picture gives the impression that a particular fossil has come to life.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

That first one is utter lunacy! I love it!

Lear's Fool went into the Hallucigenia thing in a big way in the comments of this post:

http://www.realmonstrosities.com/2013/08/ocnus-lacteus.html

Interesting stuff!

Janet Gannon said...

Wonderful. I should put a few of these on an exam and ask my students what they think these are. See if they can work it out!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Aaah! The results could be fascinating!

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