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Giant Red Sea Cucumber

Parastichopus californicus


Sea cucumbers have the odd talent of expelling their respiratory system when threatened and then regenerating it. I got to see this defense mechanism first hand when I accidentally hooked this one near Port Alberni, Vancouver Island. I let him go unharmed after this quick photo. What interesting creatures!

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British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Aug 28, 2010
Submitted on Dec 2, 2012

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