Deep Sea headless chicken monster (Enypniastes eximia) - Did You Know About This Creatures...?


           Enypniastes is a deep-water sea cucumber genus. It is monotypic, with just one species, Enypniastes eximia, representing it. The species has been called the headless chicken fish, the headless chicken monster, and the Spanish dancer due to its unusual look. It is also known as the swimming sea cucumber and the pink see-through fantasia by others.

Species in this genus have evolved webbed swimming fin-like appendages on the front and rear of their bodies, allowing them to swim up off the sea bottom and go up to 1,000 m (3,300 ft) into the water column. This is supposed to aid the animals in moving to new food areas and avoiding predators.


   The size of a sea cucumber varies from 11 to 25 cm (4.3 to 9.8 in). Its most distinguishing trait is its color, which varies according to size: young enypniastes are brilliant pink, while bigger ones are more reddish-brown. It is also semi-transparent, with its intestine visible through its body, Particularly after feeding. The body of the enypniastes is spherical and bulbous, with bifurcated tentacles and a broad anterior sail. They are also bioluminescent.

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Distribution and habitat

  Enypniastes are mostly found in the ocean's benthic zone. They may be found all over the world in a variety of habitats. They spend most of their time in the water column, only coming to the seafloor to feed.

The first observation of E. eximia in the southern ocean happened in October 2018, when a team from Australia's Department of Environment and Energy captured a picture of it on a camera positioned in seas near East Antarctica.

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The enypniastes Mostly feed on benthic silt. Their tentacles are used to push food into their mouths. They feed swiftly and only remain on the seafloor for around 64 seconds. Because it is more than enough time to eat Completely, the enypniastes Feed episodically.

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The enypniastes moves in a variety of ways. The first is that their anterior veil moves in a rowing motion. The second characteristic is that when there is a current, the creature will utilize its tentacles to draw itself down the current. They also move with their tentacles in a pushing manner.

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Source: Wikipedia 


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