Orange Sea Cucumber

Orange Sea Cucumber

Cucumaria miniata

Physical Description

The Orange Sea Cucumber, characterized by its striking hue, measures between 10 to 25 cm in length. Its bright orange coloration distinguishes it from other sea cucumbers. The creature features tube feet arranged in distinct rows along the length of its body. Additionally, it boasts ten highly branched tentacles forming a crown around its mouth, spanning 5 to 8 cm across.


This species of sea cucumber is commonly found along the eastern Pacific coast, from Alaska to central California. It thrives in rocky coastal habitats, often nestled in crevices or hiding beneath overhangs. Despite its conspicuous coloration, it can blend seamlessly into its surroundings, making it a fascinating sight for divers and marine enthusiasts.

Geographical Range

The Orange Sea Cucumber’s habitat extends from the chilly waters of Alaska to the temperate shores of central California. Its adaptability to various environmental conditions along this vast coastline reflects its resilience and ability to thrive in diverse marine ecosystems.

What They Eat

As a detritivore, the Orange Sea Cucumber feeds on organic matter and microscopic organisms present in the sediment and seawater. It plays a crucial role in nutrient cycling and sediment turnover, contributing to the health of its coastal habitat.

Other Species