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by John Harrison

A Spectacular Deep Ocean Sea Cucumber
A free-swimming sea cucumber moves through the freezing waters of a 10,515-ft (3,205-m) abyss in a “spectacular” image taken July 27, 2010,  according to NOAA. The 1,250 known species of sea cucumbers—named for their distinctive shapes—live on or near deep ocean floors or dwell in the shallows.
(Watch a video of a “hairy” sea cucumber.)
When threatened, some sea cucumbers discharge sticky threads to ensnare their enemies. Others can mutilate their own bodies as a defense mechanism: The animals violently contract their muscles and jettison some of their internal organs out of their anuses. The missing body parts are quickly regenerated.
(via: National Geo)

earthlynation: Sea Star Tip by Doug Deep

oldbookillustrations: Bryozoans: Plumatella repens

Paul Flanderky, from Brehms Tierleben (Brehm’s animal life) first volume, under the direction of Alfred Edmund Brehm, Leipzig & Vienna, 1918.
(Source: archive.org)
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Big Sur, California via jurvetson
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wonderingorbit: “Jellyfish with fish” by Carlos Villoch 
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Scallop, Gulf of Mexico - Blue Spots Are Its Eyes

Rose Bubble Snail (Hydatina physis), {head at top of image}
… a species of sea snail, a “bubble snail” (family Aplustridae). This bubble snail’s distribution is circumglobal in tropical waters. They live in shallow water, crawling and burrowing into the sand, feeding on polychaete worms, mussels and slugs. The shell is thin, globose and fragile. There is no operculum. The large foot has lateral parapodia (fleshy winglike flaps). The large body cannot be fully retracted into  its shell.  Shell height is up to 57 mm, and the width is up to 46 mm. (via: Wikipedia)
(photo: Samuel Chow)

Flamingo tongue (snail), Cyphoma gibbosum, St. John, US Virgin Islands
(photo by Kirk Kilfoyle, Florida)

Nudibranch, Ceratosoma trilobatum, with Imperator shrimp, Periclimenes imperator, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
* This shrimp species is often commensal with sea cucumbers, sea stars, nudibranchs, and other species of marine invertebrate.
(photo by Steven Kovacs, Florida)

frumpytaco: The oral surface of a brittle star.  You can see the spines, tube feet, bursal slits, jaws, and TEETH!  
(photo by 37KNUCKLEHEAD on Flickr)

so much love.
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Morning light 110216 by PeteHuu on Flickr.