Burrowing Sea Cucumber

Holothuria arenicola

These burrowing sea cucumbers are known to inhabit sea grass beds, deep in the sediment. These specimens were numbered by several hundred all laying on top in the grass. Some looked barely alive. What brought these masses of sea cucumbers to the surface all at one time is a matter for speculation. They were from 6 inches long to relaxed (dead?)12 inches long. Tan and gray colored, with two rows of brown blotches on their backs. (not that you could tell their backs from their fronts!)

Burrowing Sea Cucumber - Holothuria arenicola
Burrowing Sea Cucumber - Holothuria arenicola
Burrowing Sea Cucumber - Holothuria arenicola
Burrowing Sea Cucumber - Holothuria arenicola
Burrowing Sea Cucumber - Holothuria arenicola
Burrowing Sea Cucumber - Holothuria arenicola

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