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Sea Cucumber

Swimming sea cucumbers like Enypniastes eximia have a special "flap" which they use to "lift" themselves off the seafloor. The transparent body reveals the sediment filled intestine looping around from the mouth (top) to the anus (bottom). This one was seen during the sixth dive of the Oceano Profundo 2018: Exploring Deep-sea Habitats off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands expedition, during exploration of the Inés María Mendoza Nature Reserve, a marine protected area off Yabucoa on the southeast shore of Puerto Rico.

 

Learn more about these animals here: oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1811/logs/n...

 

Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Exploring Deep-sea Habitats off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Learn more about the expedition here: oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1811/welcom...

 

[Source: oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1811/logs/n...]

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Taken on November 6, 2018