I could have sworn I have seen those before on some marine website. LOL, why does Asia and Japan always have the weird creatures?? I dunno this one
might be fake though, but I swear I have seen those before somewhere.
If it's an animal, it's some sort of mollusk or echinoderm. Actually my first thought was "nudibranch" but it's clearly not, I've never seen a
flatworm like that. Sea cucumber though... they don't usually move on land. Neither do most mollusks of that form. It looks like it had suction cups,
which would mean mollusk. Sea cucumbers are able to spit out their innards as a defense mechanism.
Um... Japan does have strange marine zoology.
Give me a minute or two.
Okay. I think it's fake. Just because of how it survived out of water, because it didn't flip itself back over, and because I think it was the same
sort of thing that happens when kids make volcanos for school, when they spilled soda on it. How did they know to wait until it spit stuff out?
If it was an animal, however, this is how you narrow it down:
Assuming it was marine, you would look at any special features. The innards coming out is reminiscent of sea cucumbers.
It seemed to have suction cups. That would classify it as a mollusk. (Sea cucumbers are echinoderms, so you would know something was weird
The little ruffle of "tissue" at the bottom is like a nudibranch.
It also looks a bit like some cnidarians.
But most of these animals would not be able to survive out of water for very long, and either would have turned themselves over or would have
"jellified" and collapsed, not stayed rigid like that.
But um... I mean, whatever. Some people like doing things like that.
Hahaha, aw thanks. No problem. Whoever made that knew a bit about marine biology. Just not enough to make it super realistic. It's like they combined
different organisms. But this is kind of how they make other fake cryptids... (Fuji mermaid reference again). You take a bunch of real organisms and
stick them together. That way, the features are more believable.
It's not right though, IMO it detracts from real cryptozoology.
It doesn't actually hurt them. I mean, it doesn't kill them. They pull their intestines back inside and they're fine. Their nervous system isn't
really complex enough for it to "hurt". Their digestive systems aren't like ours, they are kind of one large intestine. Those white things help
with the absorption of nutrients.
But a sea cucumber is a humble creature. They don't move much. They're the earthworms of the ocean- sift through stuff on the ocean bottom, filter
it in their digestive tract, and poo out the sand.
But they're animals nonetheless and want to survive to reproduce. And if something tries to eat them or bother them, they wouldn't be able to do
that. So they need to scare away the predator. They do this by appearing larger, or startling the creature. Many mechanisms for this in other species
include swelling up, flashing bright colors, whatever. They frill out their intestines.
Remember, these guys (holothuroidea) are most closely related to those pincushion sea urchins and sand dollars (echinoidea), sea stars and brittle
stars (asteroidea), and sea lilies and feather stars (crinoidea- they're sessile as adults, basically like plant-animals)
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