One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large sea slug which has a minute internal shell and lateral extensions to the foot. Most species can swim, and many secrete distasteful chemicals to deter predators.
Aplysia and other genera, order Anaspidea, class Gastropoda
- ‘In March the beds are also covered in red, white and yellow ribbons - the spawn from thousands of sea lemons and sea hares that make an annual excursion to this area.’
- ‘If you look carefully, there is a good chance of spotting nudibranchs and sea hares.’
- ‘We found ten different species of nudibranch, as well as sea spiders, edible crabs, swimming crabs and sea hares.’
- ‘The drama can be witnessed when the sea hares are breeding, and large congregations of this common slug attract the handsome predators.’
- ‘Less mobile residents include several species of nudibranchs and sea hares, which are numerous in the early spring.’
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