Sea Cucumber - Pig of the Sea

No. 55 Wednesday, February 17, 2010
To everyone's surprise, there are a lot of weird creatures that are discovered yearly both on land and under the sea. One such discovered underwater creature is the Sea Pig which is found in the deep oceans of the world.

   Also known as a Holothuroid or Sea Cucumber, it is 2 to 5 inches long, with ten tentacles and a few large tube feet. They also have a pair of antennae like tube feet on the top side of their body.
   The sea pig feeds on food particles they find in the sand by using their tentacles to push sand and mud into their mouth. Sea pigs are important in processing the sediments of the ocean and are good indicators of environmental change.
   Scientist don't know how these creatures reproduce but frequent the deep ocean and are found in all corners of the world except the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean near Central and South America.
   Currently, Sea Pigs are of no importance to man and so are not considered endangered, however, are sometimes threaten by fisheries.

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