Throughout the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition, sea cucumbers were one of the most abundant species encountered. This sea cucumber uses its specialized appendages to bring nutrient-filled sediment to its mouth.

Throughout the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition, sea cucumbers  were  one of the most abundant species encountered.  This sea cucumber uses its specialized appendages to bring nutrient-filled sediment to its mouth. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

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