When you consider that 50-80% of life on Earth is found in the ocean, and that only 10% of the ocean has been explored so far, it makes sense that there will be some strange looking creatures lurking in the depths.
These adorable sea slugs are a prime example of the interesting and varied nature you can expect to find down below sea level.
Most of these ‘slugs’ are actually snails that lost their shells over the years, and have gained new characteristics through the process of evolution.
They are fascinating in their color and detail, and look like alien creatures that an imaginative sci-fi writer would have dreamed up.
Let’s have a close up look at them.
#1 Blue Angel (Glaucus Atlanticus)
Photo Credit: Paul Hypnos
#2 Sea Sheep (Costasiella Kuroshimae)
Photo Credit: Jim Lynn
#3 Leaf Slug (Elysia Chlorotica)
Photo Credit: genealogyreligion.net
#4 Janolus Fuscus
Photo Credit: Daniel Hershman
#5 Lettuce Sea Slug (Elysia Crispata)
Photo Credit: Ashley Hauck
#6 Cadlinella Ornatissima
Photo Credit: Jim Chen
#7 Hypselodoris Kanga
Photo Credit: Doug Anderson
#8 Cyerce Nigricans
Photo Credit: Allen Lee
#9 Hypselodoris Apolegma
Photo Credit: Klaus Stiefel
#10 Flabellina Iodinea
Photo Credit: imgur.com
#11 Sea Bunny (Acanthodoris Pilosa)
Photo Credit: Jim Anderson
#12 Janolus Fuscus
Photo Credit: Tory Kallman
#13 Phyllodesmium Poindimiei
Photo Credit: Ken Thongpila
#14 Chromodoris Alius
Photo Credit: Eugene Lim
#15 Dirona Albolineata
Photo Credit: Jeff Goddard
#16 Halgerda Batangas Orange Spotted
Photo Credit: Mathieu Meur
Photo Credit: Sandra Edwards
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