RT50372-D. Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus) releasing sticky Cuvierian tubules as a defense mechanism to deter predators. This cucumber has a clever way to defend itself. It can discharge from its anus a mass of very sticky tentacle-like organs when threatened by a predator. These Cuvierian tubules adhere to the predator, sometimes entangling it and immobilizing it, allowing the cucumber to crawl away. The tubules will regenerate in a few weeks. Australia, tropical Indo-Pacific oceans.<br />
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RT50372-D. Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus) releasing sticky Cuvierian tubules as a defense mechanism to deter predators. This cucumber has a clever way to defend itself. It can discharge from its anus a mass of very sticky tentacle-like organs when threatened by a predator. These Cuvierian tubules adhere to the predator, sometimes entangling it and immobilizing it, allowing the cucumber to crawl away. The tubules will regenerate in a few weeks. Australia, tropical Indo-Pacific oceans.
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