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Enormous sea slug is the size of a small dog

By T.K. Randall
December 31, 2020 · Comment icon 6 comments

This is one gigantic slug... Image Credit: YouTube / Brave Wilderness
Sliding around at the bottom of the sea off the coast of California is an aquatic giant like no other.
If you've never seen the California sea hare (or Aplysia vaccaria as it is officially known), then you are certainly not alone. Despite it's large size, this dark-colored underwater mollusc is a rare sight because it only seldom ventures into shallow waters and then only for the purpose of laying its eggs.

Sustaining itself on a diet made up primarily of brown algae, the 'sea hare' is named after the ear-like protrusions found growing out of the top of its head.
To deter predators, it produces a toxin from the algae it eats which then accumulates on its skin.

If you are lucky enough to actually come across one of these creatures in a rock pool or along the shoreline, they are not generally dangerous to humans but it's still best not to pick them up.

You can check out wildlife expert Coyote Peterson encountering one in the video below.

Source: Oddity Central | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 4 years ago
Wow, it seems Nature never ceases to amaze me. Can you eat it?  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Dreamer screamer 4 years ago
It will slip down the throat niceeeeeeeeeeeeee
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by godnodog 4 years ago
had to laugh when the host asked if they were toxic, yeah man you´ve been holding one for 5m now
Comment icon #5 Posted by Aardvark-DK 4 years ago
That one, calls for a considerable amount of garlic butter !
Comment icon #6 Posted by godnodog 4 years ago
I thought the same

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