Organism of the week #8 – Brought to you by the number 5 and the letters L, S and D

If sea cumbers are an example of intelligent design, then God – sorry, an unspecified supernatural intelligence that somehow doesn’t infringe on the First Amendment – needs to lay off the acid. Echinoderms are what you get when you give evolution the number 5 and half a billion years to piss around.

Pseudocolochirus violaceus [CC-BY-2.0 Alex Lomas]

A sea apple (Pseudocolochirus violaceus) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

You’ve simply got to love any animal that can vomit up its own bowels crap out its own gills to annoy predators.

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