Conservation biologist Tim Werner discusses the often overlooked, sea cucumber. They are among the most conspicuous groups of animals in marine environments, inhabiting the full range of habitats from shallow tropical shores to the deep sea. Close relatives of sea stars, they are also heavily exploited worldwide as part of the multi-million dollar bêche-de-mer fishery. Despite their commercial value and ubiquity in the ocean realm, they remain one of the most poorly studied groups of marine animals, with only an estimated one-half of tropical species yet described.moreless
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