Monday, May 28, 2012

Sea Cucumbers

Like most people I believe that Sea Cucumbers are very cool, so it's about time that I discuss them. There are several species of sea cucumbers,in various shapes and sizes, living throughout the oceans of our world. Sea Cucumbers are known to be one of the best living organisms at organ regeneration. 

World’s largest sea cucumber found in Iriomote
The largest being the Kurenaiooikarinamako reaching a length of 12ft (3.6m) (almost big enough to eat a human if it was so inclined) 

The smallest, the Rhabdomolgus ruber coming in at a paltry .40" (10mm).

The diet of most sea cucumbers consists of microscopic organisms as well as decaying sea matter. In some cultures certain species of sea cucumbers are considered a delicacy. Apparently they are flavorless, but I wouldn't know being that I would never eat a creature I have so much respect for.