Photo of the Day – Fiji Islands, 2004


 

National Geographic

December 30, 2007

Shrimp, crab, and sea cucumber

Fiji Islands, 2004

Photograph by Tim Laman

In the waters of the Fiji Islands, an emperor shrimp and a commensal crab nearly vanish in the calico pattern of a large leopard sea cucumber. The sea cucumber provides food for the crustaceans in the form of mucus on its skin and defends itself by ejecting its toxic stomach when danger threatens.(Text adapted from and photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Fiji’s Rainbow Reefs,” November 2004, National Geographic magazine)

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~ by Stampfli & Turci on December 30, 2007.

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