Sea Slugs Shaped Like Squishy Bunnies Have Won the Internet’s Affection
The ocean floor offers up some pretty interesting species – though not often do people find them ZOMG CUTE! Not true for Jorunna, a genus of sea slug that looks like an ooshy, gushy bunny rabbit without a face.
Jorunna parva, better known as sea bunnies, gained their social media traction recently in Japan and are now slowly slugging their way across the North American Twitterverse.
These little guys live around parts of Japan, the Philippines, and the Indian Ocean, and they’re typically colored white or yellow (that’s right: sea-Twinkies!)
The sea bunny’s strange ears – they look like tiny mascara brushes – are actually rhinophores, or chemosensory organs that allow the sea bunny to taste and smell chemicals as it slowly makes its way around the ocean floor. The Japanese name for jorunna parva is “gomafu biroodo umiushi”, “which loosely translates to black speckled velvet sea slug.”
So when can I have one?
— Lijakaca (@lijakaca) July 16, 2015
Jorunna parva라는 바다달팽이라는데 짱귀엽다ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ '꼬마비로도갯민숭달팽이'라고도 불리고 Bristly Jorunna라고도 불린다고 ㅠ///ㅠ pic.twitter.com/0IK9JLsrA1
— 티비•TV (@tvivik) July 15, 2015
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Squee! How cute is this little guy?!