Saturday, September 20, 2008
Nudibranchs, commonly referred to as sea slugs, are some of the most beautiful creatures in the ocean. They are shell-less mollusks related to octopus and clams.
They can be found in oceans throughout the globe, most commonly in shallow tropical waters.
Sea slugs eat a variety of foods, and are usually carnivores. Many species feed on sponges. Some are cannibals.
Sea slugs are often very brightly colored to warn predators that they pack deadly poisons. This kind of coloration advertises that they are bad to eat and keeps predators from trying to make snacks out of them.
Sea slugs are some of the few animals that carry both male and female reproductive organs. They can effectively breed with any other member of their species.