31st edition of Marine Life monthly post. Marine Life post published every 19th of the month. It aims to share information about the marine life species and to promote their conservation. All images in this post are taken by Indah Susanti unless stated otherwise.
My thought at the first time seeing it, it was another species of nudibranch with eyes. Nice, finally there was a nudibranch species that has a face. But this gal was not a nudibranch. I was wrong.
It is called as Sea Hares. Yep, in another word: “Sea Bunnies”. These animals have been called ‘Sea Hares’ since classical times because of their resemblance – at least in European species – to a sitting hare (source). Do they look like a sitting hare? – The picture of a sitting hare is available in [here].
One thing that I adore is their tiny eyes. Their eyes just like Cleopatra’s eyes. It appears their eyes can only tell light from dark, so instead, they use a pair of rhinophores atop their head and a pair of oral tentacles either side of their mouth (source).
They don’t jump like the bunnies or hares. The sea hares squirt out purple inks. This behavior reminds us of the octopus, but unlike the octopus who squirt and disappear, the sea hares squirt and stay. Why they squirt and stay is still a mystery to solve.
I have seen the sea hares during my dive trips in Cape Verde and Indonesia. Basically, the sea hares can be found in many parts of the world. They often being swept away to the beach as well, thus, beware of the sea hares as their inks are toxic and as reported in Australia, they could be deadly to dogs.