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First, it was people in Japan who fell in love with what’s been called the world’s most adorable sea slug, but now it seems these interesting creatures appropriately dubbed “sea bunnies,” with their fluffy rabbit-like look, are developing fans across the globe.
Japan’s Twittersphere rediscovered the weird but cute slug with bunny ears – those “ears” are actually rhinophores, or chemosensory scent/taste organs, that help them detect chemicals in the water and make their way across the ocean floor. They’re a subspecies of sea slug called Jorunna parva, and are found off the coast of Japan and other areas of the Pacific.
The “bunnies” have taken the internet by storm, with many people sharing pictures and expressing their love and admiration for them. Not only does it look like they have rabbit ears, but they even appear to have a fluffy “tail” of sorts.
The slugs are only about three-quarters of an inch long, and just like bunnies on land, sea bunnies come in all different colors, including a very bright yellow and a rather stunning mint blue. Some even have spots!
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Numerous videos coming out of Japan reveal what they look in action:
As well as a two-minute video of one sea bunny doing nothing at all:
Enough to keep you mesmerized for hours, right?