If you think you'd : "rather be a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas..." you may have company.
Most who remember Crinoids, AKA 'Sea Lillies' , from Biology 101, recall them as stalky fossils no more animated than corals or stromatolites. Like horseshoe crabs, they're still around , but until recent years have been dismissed as static throwbacks photographed standing idly on the seabed , like Neocrinus decorus here , or trawled up stone-dead from the depths where they've been waiting out evolution for ages.
No longer.The spry 400 million year old species have been caught on videotape scooting about the abyss on their petal-tips like the Addams Family's handy pet heirloom , Hand. Henceforth, gals receiving flowers with cards from J.Alfred Prufrock had better think twice before opening the box. And watch where you walk your lobster , too.