Assuming you’re not a zoologist or marine biologist by profession, chances are you’ve never seen this animal. Every once in awhile, scientists discover new and bizarre creatures, but this fuzzy little thing, which has become a serious Twitter hit in Japan, is probably the most adorable one yet. At least that’s what we thought until we found out what exactly it was we were looking at, at which point our desire to cuddle the creature disappeared altogether.
So as it turns out, this fuzzy little bunny-looking creature looks so much like a rabbit with its fluffy little ears that it landed the nickname “Sea Bunny”, but it’s actually a type of sea slug. Those “ears” aren’t ears at all. They’re actually little tentacles that help the creature smell and taste the water around it to navigate in the environment.
The animal’s official scientific name is Jorunna parva or ゴマフビロードウミウシ if you happen to be able to read Japanese and can be found in the Indian ocean near Japan and the Philippines and has landed the recognition it deserves thanks to its Japanese fans who first came across pictures of the creature and immediately began spreading the love around the internet. And if these photos weren’t enough, there’s even a video of the animal in action at the end of this post.
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