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IN Animals ON 01 Apr, 2016
"Sea bunny is not a bunny at all"
Sea bunnies have become too viral online. Its too-good-to-be-true images were published and popularized by citizens in the social media (Read: Twitter); and they are gaining too much attention from the aesthetically-vain people, the nature-loving artists, bunny enthusiasts, biologists/ ecologists, and plain seekers of the awesome body of knowledge.
We are set to know many things about this lovable creature. Prepare some notes, or some sort of pen and paper to list some trivial know-hows related to this species. Enjoy this bunny-like learning experience!
Apparently, your cutie cute creature is a sea slug, not a rabbit. It doesn't know how to eat carrots.
Sea slugs' size is about an inch, or up to 2.5cm long.
Jorunna Parva is distributed from South Africa to the Central Pacific region, and Indo-Pacific Ocean regions.
Commonly, they appear as white with black spots, but same species may appear as orange-y or yellowish.
The fur-like structure (caryophyllids) and the rabbit's ear-like appendage (rhinophores) serve as sensory organs. These features aid sea bunnies in locating food, and potential sexual mates.
Scientists have identified that these are gills, so these is where they rely on breathing.
They are hermaphrodite, meaning, they have both male and female organs. But then, they die young for as much as two months or three.
Some biochemical compounds i.e. toxic lie within these sea slugs. These are their defense mechanisms. Those enemies who threat to consume slugs will experience a deadly chemical blast.
Feel free to peek here.