Bushy-Tailed "Sea Bunnies" Are the Cutest Slugs Everyone is Falling in Love With

If you're like many people, you might not think that slugs are all that cute, but that's probably before you've seen the adorably fluffy Jorunna parva, also known sea bunnies. They hardly resemble slugs at all, with white or orange “fur” that's accented with black flecks, pointed “ears,” and a bushy tail.

Since slugs don't have ears, their pipe cleaner-like attachments are actually called rhinophores, or chemosensory scent/taste organs. They help the sea bunnies detect different chemicals in the water around them.

Sea bunnies are found off the coast of Japan, which is where their charm was recently discovered. Japanese Twitter users have been enthusiastically sharing pictures of the species, overloading us with their cuteness. According to RocketNews24, the Japanese name for Jorunna parva is gomafu biroodo umiushi, which loosely translates to black speckled velvet sea slug. Divers have since nicknamed it goma-chan, meaning that this creature goes by the moniker Little Miss Sesame.

Check out the video below to watch a sea bunny in action. The delightful sight was captured by a diver in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture region.

Above photo source: Saan Rina

Photo credit: Crawl_Ray

Photo source: nissiesphotoalbums.web.fc2.com

Photo source: nissiesphotoalbums.web.fc2.com

via [RocketNews24]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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