Sea Curcumber: An Essay On Sea Cucumbers

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Sea cucumber Introduction: Sea cucumbers are echinoderm animals that belong to the class Holothuroidea. These marine animals are characterized by their leathery skin and an elongated body. They are more than 1250 classified species of sea cucumber that can be found in oceans throughout the world. Usually sea cucumbers live on the sea floor. All sea cucumbers are ocean dwellers, though some inhabit the shallows intertidal zones while others live in the deep ocean of 5,000 m and more. Most sea cucumber species live between 5 and 10 years in the wild. Description: Sea cucumbers are named because of their resemblance to the vegetable cucumber. They have leathery skin and soft bodies, even though like all echinoderms, sea cucumbers have an endoskeleton just below the skin. The sea cucumber skeleton usually consists of plates and spines that can be exposed and used against predators. Depending on the species, the color of sea cucumber can be red, black, blue, green or brown. The round mouth is generally surrounded with a crown of tentacles and located at one of the extremities.…show more content…
Most species have five rows of paired tentacles on the surface of the body that are used for locomotion and for feeding. Depending on species, their sizes are usually range from 10 – 30 cm long. It is of interest to know that the wall of sea cucumber bodies is formed by collagen. This allows them to make their body loose or tight allowing the animal to squeeze and get in and out of small crevices and cracks. This remarkable feature keeps animals away of predators. Afterwards, the sea cucumber will hook up all its collagen fibers to make its body firm

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