December 5, 2022
Sea Sheep? This Adorable Sea Slug Eats A Lot Algae It Can Photosynthesize

Sea Sheep? This Adorable Sea Slug Eats A Lot Algae It Can Photosynthesize

This adorable little sea slug, whose beady eyes and also cute feelers make it look like an animation sea lamb, eats algae– just like the real thing!

What’s fascinating about the small cute animal which can grow up to 5mm in size and could be found near Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines, is that they are among the only sea animals on the planet that can perform photosynthesis (the others all come from the sacoglossa sea slug clade).

When these weird pets eat algae, they suck out the chloroplasts and integrate them right into their own bodies in a process called kleptoplasty.

This procedure, which or else can only be executed by single-celled microorganisms, basically makes them solar-powered slugs!

If this cute little creature of the sea has influenced you to see sea slugs in a brand-new light, then check out this adorable ‘sea bunny’ sea slug to seal the deal!