February Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Daniel Hanson

His pictures shows a Sea Cucumber (Actinopyga Echinites) reclining in his grandson’s hands after being found under a grow bag on Hood Canal, near Union, WA. Sea cucumbers serve a useful role in the marine ecosystem as they help recycle nutrients, breaking down detritus and other organic matter after which bacteria can continue the degradation process

Numerous small animals can live in symbiosis or commensalism with sea cucumbers, as well as some parasites. Contest link