Jun 4, 2008

Of Pigs and Cucumbers

Only on the ocean floor would you find a pig as a subcategory of a cucumber. That's exactly what a Sea Pig is: a variety of Sea Cucumber. My one hope is that this creature oinks when it eviscerates itself in a toxic goopy plume.

Thanks for the sea pig, Lee Ann.

Photo source: Galathea 3

14 comments:

Callandrea said...

Maybe it's just me, but I'm having a hard time gauging size. How big (or small) is that thing?!

Anonymous said...

wow, that is UUUUUGLY

Kung Foodie said...

looks like Mr. Hand has a young stunted brother. Whoa

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Didn't this guy have his own cartoon?

dourocouli said...

Teeth? claws? tentacles? horns? It's got all-purpose pointy bits. That is the most seriously bizarre yet possibly slightly endearing creature I've seen on here yet.

jenjen said...

Here's a link with a human for scale...
http://www.thistasmania.com/2008/04/new-sea-pig-found-off-antarctica/

Bird said...

Aw c'mon, you are kidding us! That is a sheep's gut with extras sewn on, surely? Kind of like a haggis with teeth? If that thing is real, nothing will surprise me ever again :D

Simone F. said...

What the heck...? Although it would be quite funny if it was possible to train it to clean the walls of your aquarium with it strange tentaculous "snout"(???)

Anonymous said...

This looks like a creature from Doctor Who circa 1978. : )

Sherry Sofn

ChicChickory said...

This reminds me of the old potatoes in my grandma's cellar...they always gave me the willies!

James K. said...

Jenjen - the human looks so happy to be holdin the sea pig. Huh.

PousazPower said...

They actually look a lot less ugly than this (I guess that depends on opinion, thoug...). Deep-sea animals have high internal pressure to counteract that of the water bearing down on them, so when exposed to the much lesser pressure of air on a boat, they explode, like this:http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/image_full/australia/admin/slideshow-images/deep-sea-life/so-here-the-last-of-the-beauty.jpg
Here's the real sea pig (Scotoplanes globosa):http://www.mbari.org/news/homepage/2007/deepchange-scotoplanes-350.jpg

Raging Wombat said...

Thanks, PousazPower

ChrisM said...

Finally..a blog post about sea pigs!

http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/because-you-demanded-it-sea-pig-aka.html