If you know what it is let me know here or on social media. If you don’t why not do a bit of research or, better yet, entertain the kids for an hour by setting them the challenge!
Remember to check back at the end of the week to find out all about this very interesting creature.
And a little something else … The Boot’s Maternity and Infant Parenting Blog Awards 2015 are still open for voting. If you like what I do here and have a minute to spare I’d really appreciate your vote; You just need to click the image below and scroll down to the “Best Parenting Blog” section under “For the Family”; Many thanks!
This week I am returning to the somewhat neglected Mystery Creature series, this feathered one is very bright and… orange; Do you know what it is?
End of week update: Did you guess it? You can see what it was here and find out ten interesting facts about this beautiful bird.
And a little something else … I am delighted to see my blog listed among some favourite bloggers in the Boots Maternity and Infant Parenting Blog Awards 2015. If you like what I do here and have a minute to spare I’d really appreciate your vote; You just need to click the image below and scroll down to the “Best Parenting Blog” section under “For the Family”; Many thanks!
How did you do with this week’s Mystery Creature? A few people got it right… here is a clue…
That’s right it is a sea pig – no, not like the one above, more like this…
What a weird looking creature and here are some weird facts about the sea pig:
Sea pigs (Scotoplanes) are types of Sea Cucumbers.They live in the dark abyss of most oceans (between 1000 and 6000 metres deep). Many of the Mystery Creatures featured on this blog are at threat of extinction but the sea pig is not among them, in some ocean depths it is thought to make up 95% of the animal population.
Sea pigs can often be found in large groups (more than 100 animals), all moving along the ocean floor and facing in the same direction.
They move along on their many legs which are actually hydraulically inflated feet. There are up to seven pairs of these feet, usually one or two pairs are found on the upper body of the animal.
Like the land pig they like to root in the dirt to find their food but sea pigs eat organic deposits that have fallen to the sea floor. They have a ring of feeding tentacles around their mouth that feel for food.
Sea pigs have a minimalistic approach to body orifices. That tentacle encircled mouth is also the creatures anus! But that’s not all… the same orifice often serves as home to a small fish called a pearl fish… not exactly my idea of prime real estate, but then I’m not a pearl fish.
if that isn’t enough the sea pig will sometimes eviscerate through the same hole, it literally expels it’s intestines and other organs in one rapid movement. This may be for defence purposes or to purge the body of toxins before the organs are regenerated within the animal. Certainly the most extreme detox I ever heard of!
Certainly one of the weirdest Mystery Creature I think this blog has featured, what do you think?
My kids just loved this video and have (unfortunately) been quoting it all weekend, in their best Morgan Freeman accent. Take a look, it is quite funny…