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Sea Bunny Slugs All the Rage in Japan

The same country who gave us Hello Kitty has a new pet love that is taking Japan by storm, furry sea slugs called “Sea Bunnies”

Its hard to imagine cute and sea slug being used in the same sentence, but these sea slugs are quite special. The have a fury white body and include antennae that resembles rabbit ears plus a rear appendage that resembles a tail.(Video Below)

Jorunna parva or sea bunnies  have been spotted all over Japanese users’ social media sites this week. The cute balls of fluff that are either white or yellow have been taking over the Twitterverse, Japanese news site Rocket News 24 reports.

The superfamily Aplysioidea is a superfamily of mostly rather large sea slugs, marine gastropod mollusks in the clade Aplysiomorpha within the informal groupOpisthobranchia.

This superfamily contains only one family, the Aplysiidae; the sea hares. These animals are commonly called sea hares because, unlike most sea slugs, they are often quite large, and when they are underwater, their rounded body shape and the long rhinophores on their heads mean that their overall shape resembles that of a sitting rabbit or hare.

Sea hares are however shell-less sea snails, and some species are extremely large. The Californian black sea hare, Aplysia vaccaria is arguably the largest living gastropod species, and is certainly the largest living shell-less gastropod.

In Australia sea hares are sometimes known as “beach blobbies”. Sea hares do sometimes become stranded on beaches, and when this happens, they contract as much as possible to minimize desiccation, and when the sea hare’s body is not fully supported by water, the rhinophores collapse and the animal looks more blob-like.

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About Cynthia Schnepp (822 Articles)
YouTube Personality 'ShantiUniverse', Chief Editor & Columnist of From San Antonio Texas has lived in New York, England, and Las Vegas.