While some of today's sea lilies
are able to detach their holdfasts from the seafloor and walk short distances on their arms, they do not do it often.
These seas contained vast coral reefs and submarine thickets of sea lilies
that armored squid and giant sea scorpions called home.
When Sugimoto began photographing undersea dioramas of the Devonian period (350 million years ago), it occurred to him that the trilobites, squids, and sea lilies
had all been re-imagined from their fossils.
The stalked crinoid spends most of its time sitting and catching food with the flowerlike wheel of feathery arms that have earned it and its relatives the nickname sea lilies
Distantly related to starfish, these primitive creatures, also known as sea lilies
because of their plant-like appearance, climb around corals waving their feathery arms in an effort to catch food in the currents.