Wild Fact #915 – The Organ Donor – Sea Cucumber

Photograph by Jack Jackson

Photograph by Jack Jackson

Welcome to the final segment of Wild Facts – The Best Offense is a Good Defense.  I figured it would be fun to end the week with one of the most bizarre animal self-defense strategies I have ever heard of.

Before we get into the fact, I just want you to know that the sea cucumber is related to the sea star and is actually an animal that is  shaped like a cucumber.  So what do they do if they are approached by a hungry fish?  Some species of sea cucumbers are able to discharge sticky threads to trap their predators.  I know you are thinking that this is not nearly as bizarre as shooting blood from your eyes or exploding your own body but stick with me.  You see there are other species that get so stressed when threatened by a predator that it just tears them up inside.  I am not kidding!  The sea cucumber is able to remove parts of its body and shoot them towards the predator.  Seriously!! This little cucumber-like animal can violently contract their muscles causing their internal organs to be released through their anus. This would obviously confuse and distract the would be predator giving the sea cucumber time to get away.  So what about the lost organs? Luckily enough the sea cucumber will regenerate their organs in no time at all. Remember that the sea cucumber is a trained professional so please don’t try this at home.

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks special edition of Wild Facts outlining some of the most bizarre self-defense mechanisms.  It really does boggle my mind how incredible these animal species are.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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