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This sea cumber was completely surrounded by Purple sea urchins, giving it some protection from its predators (sea stars). The Orange sea cucumber has ten tentacles with fine branching (pic 2). It is a suspension feeder. Using its oral tentacles to collect plankton and detritus, and then draws the tentacles to its mouth one at a time to ingest the food.
Spotted nestled among Purple sea urchins in a tide pool at Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary.
Ranges along west coast of North America, from Aleutian Islands to Northern Mexico. It lives in the low intertidal to 225 m deep. Abundant where there is currant.
Lat: 48.17, Long: -123.71
Spotted on Aug 3, 2019
Submitted on Aug 11, 2019