Adorable 'sea bunny slugs' take the internet by storm
Monday, July 20, 2015, 3:18 PM - Last week, the internet erupted with images of Jorunna parva -- a sea slug that looks like a furry bunny.
Scientists have known about these 'sea bunny slugs' for some time, but Journna became internet famous after a few photos of the creatures made their way onto Twitter.
The slugs are tiny, growing to just over an inch in length, and are typically found off the coasts of Japan and the Philippines.
Its rabbit-like 'ears' are called rhinophores and they help the slugs detect the scent of nearby food. Jorunna can retract their rhinophores to protect them from being damaged.
Jorunna parva is part of a group of soft-bodied mollusks called nudibranchs.
Other varieties of this group can be found in the Atlantic Ocean and around the coasts of Ireland.
This is jorunna parva... What some are calling the world's cutest slug – They look like gooey bunnies. pic.twitter.com/VPLT7p9RaF— UberFacts (@UberFacts) July 16, 2015
the Jorunna Parva, otherwise known as "small friend", pic.twitter.com/fXc3mqwyEb— errol (@sewermist) July 16, 2015
jorunna parva, more like small sea bunny pic.twitter.com/OxPUN7RklW— Heidi Waugh (@heidinicholex) July 15, 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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