A lettuce sea slug at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab.
Lettuce sea slugs, named for their common green color and leafy appearance, can also be yellow, brown, blue, or very pale with red and yellow lines. These slugs graze on algae along the rocks in shallow, tropical reef areas. The lettuce sea slug incorporates chloroplast from the algae it eats into its own tissue and partially relies on photosynthesis for its energy. In other words, this is a solar-powered animal!
Gulf Specimen Marine Lab’s education center has been telling the true story of marine life to adults and children for years. Specializing in marine invertebrates, they believe that it’s the little things that drive Earth’s ecosystems, which in turn allow humans to survive.
In other words, when we save nature, we save ourselves.
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