You’ve got to see them to melibe-lieve! With a foot for a belly, wing-like appendages, and Venus flytraps for faces, Melibe leonina nudibranch sea slugs are some of the most unusual inhabitants of the kelp forest!
Swaying on kelp blades, they catch passing plankton in their large hoods and lay tulip-shaped egg masses throughout the forest, ready to hatch out the next generation of these extraordinary—and watermelon-scented (!)—super slugs.
noaasanctuaries: Say hello to the purple sea urchin! Found in West Coast sanctuaries like Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, these little urchins inhabit tide pools and kelp forests, where they eat algae like kelp, as well as o...
New research zeroes in on how the hooded sea slug safely loses limbs. Melibe leonina is a species of nudibranch, a marine snail that has no shell; it was the focus of this recent research.
Plankton of the world, beware! The melibe sea slug sweeps its hood through the water to catch tiny drifters. Learn more!
montereybayaquarium: Plankton of the world, beware! While most nudibranchs, or sea slugs, crawl and graze, the melibe sweeps its hood through the water like a net, capturing unsuspecting tiny drifters. A fringe of tentacles interloc...