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Night-wandering Sea Cucumber

Stichopus noctivagus

Description:

A nocturnal species of sea cucumber.

Notes:

Spotted this strange creature at a depth of about 14m, during a night dive. I believe we're looking at it from behind -- see the 3rd photo, which shows what could be the animal's anus. Could this be a kind of sea cucumber? It moved once, and showed what appeared to be tentacles underneath.

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7 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 10 years ago

@lori.tas - Unfortunate indeed!

lori.tas
lori.tas 10 years ago

At that size, Blogie, it might not even look the same as it does full grown (assuming it gets bigger). Unfortunately, all the information about cucumbers in that area is about eating them.

Blogie
Blogie 10 years ago

That's what I thought too, lori.tas, but I can't seem to find any reference to it...

lori.tas
lori.tas 10 years ago

It looks like a type of sea cucumber to me.

Blogie
Blogie 10 years ago

@jgorneau - I'd say it was 7 or 8 cm long.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

How big was this?

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Interesting and beautiful

Blogie
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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 25, 2012
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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