Friday, June 24, 2016

That's a Sea Slug?

Sea Slugs are awesome.  Everybody knows that.  But these are so...  kawaii!  I want to be a Costa Kuuroshimae in my next life!

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Costasiella kuroshimae or ‘Leaf Sheep,’ sea slug

Photos by Jim Lynn, Randi Ang, Johnny Chiu, and Lynn Wu respectively.

Here’s a sea slug that looks like a beautiful bright green leaf! Elysia chlorotica, commonly known as the eastern emerald elysia, produces chlorophyll like plants in order to use photosynthesis to feed itself.

Photos by Patrick Krug, Karen N. Pelletreau et al, and Nicholas E. Curtis and Ray Martinez respectively.

It’s Jorunna parva, a sea slug that looks like a tiny, fluffy bunny rabbit. They’re sea bunnies!
Jorunna parva are found in the Indian Ocean from to the Philippines to Japan. Their little bunny ears are actually a pair of chemosensory organs called rhinophores. They’re delicate scent or taste receptors that detect chemicals dissolved in the water, helping the animals stay close to their food source and find mates.

A diver swimming off the coast of Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan captured this footage of a fluffy sea bunny going about its adorable business on the ocean floor:

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