Project Description

This young giant California sea cucumber (Apostichopus californicus) was spotted on a sandy area at Tyee Cove, near Nanoose Bay.  It’s very small as you can see by how large the surrounding grains of sand appear near this infant sea cucumber, and on it as well.  The giant California sea cucumber can grow to around 20 inches (50 cm) long, and has large stiff conical spikes or papillae.  This species of sea cucumber is often solid red or reddish-brown.  There are also many variable colour combinations with mottled patterns of red, brown, white and yellow.  The giant California sea cucumber resides on rocks and soft substrates with a range from central Alaska to northern Mexico.