This specimen of echinoderm was contributed to the SHUSH in 1843. Since that date, no other examples of the species have been discovered. Superficially, it resembles the species Thelenota ananas, but the coloration is unique.
This mystery of this specimen goes beyond its coloration. The “creature” shows no evidence of any biological structures. It has no mouth, and no anus. It also has no exoskeleton, and seems to be made of cheap plant fibers and lacking in connective tissues or skin that would be congruent with an animal life.form.
Many experts have questioned whether this object could actually be described as a “sea cucumber,” as it lacks any of the characteristics of a sea cucumber, beyond the superficial resemblance to the marine animals.
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