Furry sea cucumber & Bumblebee shrimp

This is a furry sea cucumber, shot in the Turks and Caicos. These live on sandy sea floors and feed on whatever they find there. We were diving on a large sandy area with lots of these little guys crawling around. They are about 12 inches long and quite stocky. You can see a side-on photo here.

What is interesting about these guys is that they serve as a host to bumblebee shrimps who spend their lives on it. You can see three in this picture, the most obvious one is right in the middle of the picture. These shrimps are very small, between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch long. They are called ‘bumblebee’ because of the distinctive black and white stripes on their body. There are also some yellow marks on their claws.

You can see another picture here.


One Response to Furry sea cucumber & Bumblebee shrimp

  1. Pingback: Interesting relationships « François Schiettecatte’s Blog

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: