Sea cucumbers, such as this one seen during Dive 08 of the Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, derive food directly from particles that have fallen from the water column and onto the seafloor.

Sea cucumbers, such as this one seen during Dive 08 of the Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, derive food directly from particles that have fallen from the water column and onto the seafloor. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017.

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