NEW SPECIES PICTURES: Deep-Sea "Jumbo Dumbo," More

NEW SPECIES PICTURES: Deep-Sea ''Jumbo Dumbo,'' More
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This see-through sea cucumber, dubbed Enypniastes (pictured), was spotted at depths of about 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) during a 2009 expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico, scientists say. (See pictures of a deep-sea fish with a transparent head.)

The strange invertebrate creeps forward on its many tentacles while sweeping sediments filled with tiny critters into its mouth. When it's ready to find another feeding ground, the sea cucumber "blooms into a startling curved shape and swims away," CoML team members said in a statement.
—Photograph courtesy Census of Marine Life
 
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