Paroriza pallens sea cucumbers were the most frequently encountered large deposit feeders on this dive. The species is hermaphroditic and was often observed in pairs such as this one. The nature of the shaggy filaments hanging from the flanks of these sea cucumbers remains a mystery.

Paroriza pallens sea cucumbers were the most frequently encountered large deposit feeders on this dive. The species is hermaphroditic and was often observed in pairs such as this one. The nature of the shaggy filaments hanging from the flanks of these sea cucumbers remains a mystery. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017.

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