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Video of the craziest sea slug you will ever see

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 21, 2014 09:00 AM
This is Melibe colemani, one of (if not) the weirdest, most amazing reef nudibranch you'll ever see. Or as Steinhart Aquarium biologist Matt Wandell puts it so eloquently: "How does this thing even exist?"

Melibe colemani was only recently described in 2012.  This out-of-this-world sea slug is reportedly abundant in the shallow reefs of Indonesia, but it alluded science for so long because ... well ... it's hard to imagine this thing could possibly be an animal. The gnarly mass of tubes are actually this sea slug's digestive glands.

Here is the first video (by we have seen of Melibe colemani.  It really makes you wonder what other organisms we haven't discovered yet!

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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