Our world keeps expanding as we meet hundreds of creatures who have evolved in interesting ways, but these sea slugs can really put a whole new twist on the saying, “you are what you eat”.

Many creatures boast arrays of flashy colors and appendages; it’s a classic way to tell the world that they won’t be a fun snack. And some of these sea slugs, known as nudibranchs… well, they have quite the interesting ways of showcasing this.

Uniquely, their danger isn’t something they are born with, in fact, it’s from what they snack on.

Image: Nembrotha kubaryana nudabranch!

Nembrotha kubaryana (Not a nudibranch! This is a sea slug.)
Source: Steve Childs // Wikimedia

There are thousands of species of sea slugs, and they’ve all managed to develop relationships where no one else has been able to. So, for our first look at the unique way some of these dynamic creatures defend themselves, we turn to one of our favorite channels, Deep Look.

These particular tiny flamboyant shell-less slugs have a few secrets waiting in their spikes!

Seems a little crazy, right? How did this relationship even begin To evolve?

Animalogic, yet another one of our favorite channels, introduces us to some other species of sea slugs who go about life a little differently than the one in the video above!

Animals that can photosynthesize? What!

The world becomes more and more amazing with everyone we meet.

Everything has found its own unique way to exist here. From the fungi connecting our trees to the way a bacteria can camouflage a squid to even the way some vultures have managed to eat bones, there are many surprises waiting to be discovered. And each one of these fascinating processes took thousands of years to perfect, so the more we’re able to learn about them, the more we can learn from them.

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Bonus Slugs!

The following video gives us a tour of the vast variety of sea slugs living in the Lembeh Strait! (Check out our article on the strait for more fascinating creatures who call it home.) It’s a fantastic look at how they live their lives, so if you have a few more moments, check it out:

Isn’t it awesome to know about how this creature has found ways to survive?

So, the next time you see one of these little friends swimming by, you’ll know a handshake isn’t the best way to introduce yourself. Instead, just step back and watch them do their thing!

And as always, stay open to new possibilities! There’s always something new to discover.

  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created them.”—Albert Einstein 

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Notes:

  1. “This Adorable Sea Slug Is a Sneaky Little Thief | Deep Look.” YouTube, Deep Look , 28 Aug. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLVfWKxtfow. Accessed 24 Oct. 2018.
  2. “Sea Slugs Are like Real-Life Pokemon (Feat. Animal Wire).” YouTube, Animalogic, 11 Sept. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SgvlQyrJBU. Accessed 24 Oct. 2018.
  3. “Mucky Secrets – Part 18 – Sea Slugs Inc. Nudibranchs – Lembeh Strait.” YouTube, Bubble Vision, 7 Aug. 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv-sbDO2ya0. Accessed 25 Oct. 2018.

Samantha Burns

Executive Assistant, Staff Writer

Samantha is a listener, creator, collector of knick knacks and lover of most, if not all, types of cheese.