!! SEA SLUG APPRECIATION POST !!
( PLUS FUN FACTS !! )
because sea slugs are absolutely beautiful
fun fact 1 - some sea slugs eat prey that is poisonous! but instead of it killing them, they store up the poison and release it against other predators
fun fact 2 - similarly to land snails, some sea slugs can have both male and female sexual organs and can have both at the same time
fun fact 3 - some sea slugs can be as small as sand particles or as big as 12 inches in length
fun fact 4 - (this one is a bit more obvious but) sea slugs belong to the same class of animals as land slugs
fun fact 5 - as pretty as they are , most sea slugs should not be handled by humans. as a lot are toxic ! do not handle a colorful sea slug unless you 100% know what you are doing!
fun fact 6 - sea slugs do have eyes but they arent good at seeing things at all.. they mostly can only sense light and darkness
((ooh moving onto gifs))
fun fact 7 - the slug shown above is a sea bunny !!! and its obviously named that because if how it looks like a bunny rabbit !!
fun fact 8 - slugs are cool and really pretty !!! and you are cool too :)
FEEL FREE TO ADD MORE SLUG PHOTOS / GIFS !!!!! i think they r so neat
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Nudibranchs don’t mess around
Cnidarians (jellyfish, sea anemones, etc) have these little stinging cells called cnidocytes that release a barb into their victim after a stimulus. However, some species of nudibrach have pulled an uno reverse card on the Cnidaria and can not only eat these creatures, but also repurpose the stinging cells into their own bodies for self defense against other predators.
It’s one of the reason nudibranchs are usually so brightly colored; it’s a warning for other predators who think this soft and squishy sea slug will be an easy, painless meal (spoiler IT WON’T).
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After YEAAAARS of remembering this post from @3000s ...I finally have the complete set of all 12 sea slug babies!!!
The best part tho...is what they are literally named... I'll just let y'all see it for ya selves
...lil green child named Straight!
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