Sea Pig – One of the Ugliest Sea Creature

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Sea pigs are also known as scotoplanes, a genus of deep-sea holothurians (sea cucumbers). This sea creature is like a cross between a pig and a slug. I still think it’s cute, despite the fact that it looks like it has human fingers growing out of its mouth.

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These creatures live on or just underneath the surface of the very bottom of the ocean, on the abyssal plain. Called “sea pigs”, they are a type of sea cucumber, which is a member of the same phylum as starfish and sea urchins (Echinoderms). They look and act kind of like slugs do up here on land. They feed on the mud of the sea floor, benefiting from the organic materials that settle to the ocean bottom. Sea cucumbers, starfish and sea urchins can be found in all depths of the ocean. For reasons scientists don’t yet understand, members of the phylum Echinodermata (like the sea pigs) are extremely successful down in the ocean depths. They are the most plentiful species of sea creature down there. The sea floor must be “hog heaven” for these sea pigs! This guy does look kinda like a pig, doesn’t he?

 

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9 Comments

  • LOL it looks like a water baloon

  • Marco

    Proof that Pastafarian is the true religion!

  • Helena

    the Ohmmmmm!(from Nausicaa Valley of the Wind)

  • dextroz

    @Helena

    Kudos for the Nausicaa reference

    Double Kudos for getting the name spot on!

  • Matthew

    My daughter sent me this link because she says sea pigs look like me. They do NOT look like me! Well, not much.

    Sea pigs DO look like they have bilateral symmetry, though. I mean, think of sea pigs’ relatives, the starfish and sea urchins. They have radial symmetry, not bilateral. Although starfish larvae are bilaterally symmetrical. Hmmm.

  • YUCK, this is really very ugly.

  • Matthew: These animals are sea cucumbers, and just like the rest of the echinoderms they also have pentaradial symmetry, it’s just on the inside. :)

  • Inventvamp

    It looks like my brother! I wonder if it can kiss people? ew…

 

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