Why You Should Care That Sea Cucumbers Are Going Extinct

Sea cucumbers are in trouble. Everyone knows about the problems that elephants and rhinos face due to poaching, that dolphins face due to drive hunts, and that sharks face when overzealous governments try to convince their constituents that they're helping them avoid shark attacks. Sea cucumbers may not be as… » 3/15/14 7:34am 3/15/14 7:34am

In fast forward, these sea cucumbers are some of Earth's most alien animals

When observed at normal speed, species of sea cucumbers loosely known as "sea pigs" (such as the genus Scotoplanes) slowly ambulate across the darkest depths of the oceanic abyss. But when sped up, these animals look like half-horrible, half-adorable extraterrestrial reindeer on the move. » 8/20/12 10:45am 8/20/12 10:45am