Apostichopus californicus

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California sea cucumber: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Apostichopus californicus
California sea cucumber (Apostichopus californicus): The California Sea Cucumber is a gigantic species, at up to half a meter long. Unlike our most common intertidal species, Orange sea cucumber (Cucumaria miniata), the California sea cucumber is primarily subtidal, crawls along the bottom rather than hide between and under rocks, and has more than just tube feet along its body walls. its color is variable, from white to very dark, but it is usually brown with reddish tentacles.

This species is the target of an important dive fishery in Southeast Alaska.

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