Cute Overload :D
That’s what this little goober is. A Nudibranch. (Raise your hands, how many people knew it without having to search.)
Via The Interwebbersons.
Yes! It’s a variety of shell-less mollusc! Here’s one that looks like it has a smiley face!
Theresa, here is another cool looking one–one of its names is Blue Dragon.
That is truly amazing. 8O
Oh gods, if there are any FFXIII fans here, that looks creepily like an l’Cie corpse. O.O
Or, now we know what inspired Chihuly.
The ocean is a weird, wild, delightful place!
PS: They are, indeed, NUDE.
Get OUT! Lookit that smile!
WOW! Theresa, thanks for the link. They are all so cool!
It reminds me of the dancing mushrooms from “Fantasia.”
There are so many adorabley things out there that I don’t even know about! Thanks to CO for introducing me to them! I love this little fellow!
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own…
Thanks for the earworm, gigi………….
Mother Nature is such a badass.
Candidate for Comment of the Year so far
Ha! I love that the Secret Password to the Mod Lounge includes the real word for “puppeh”, but “badass” won’t get you in the door. And I was sooo looking forward to sipping a seabreeze while admiring the Mod Lounge’s new salt water fish tank filled with all of the groovy Nudibranches…
Hey, “Nudibranchs’ won’t get you into the ML. *passes Nikki a tray of ML special gourmet mini-sliders*
Ooh thanks T! They are so colorful! And they DO seem to slide around a bit…
Second that. :)
P.S. Nudibranchs! Nudibranchs! Oi! Oi! Oi!
I want to get a little glass ball necklace, fill it with water and this little guy and wear him around my neck. We would be bestest buds!
Oooh… if they made Nudibranch jewelry I would be all “haftahavit” — I think they would sell really well too because they are just like those glass beads — except LIVING!!
“Mr. Nudibranch” sounds like a bank manager in a Monty Python skit.
Yes. Yes it does.
I’ve never seen one so small, though! Though, maybe others were as small, and I just didn’t see them with a frame of reference.
fish eye no miko, mr. roboto . . . sorry, couldn’t resist. ;-)
These little things are gorgeous. I could see them being the inspiration for a jewelry line. How about it, craft people? You’d have a ready-made market here!
*raises hand* I love nudibranches!
I didn’t know these could live outside deep salt water. This guy is just too cute!
Awwww!!! I DID I DID!!! These are my favorite little surprises when I dive. Always awesome to see. :)
*Raises hand* The blessed Sir David Attenborough told me all about nudibranchs in Life on Earth, so he did. He neglected to mention that they were so adorable, though.
Okay, this is absurdly teeny and even more absurdly cute. And, yes, I not only know what a nudibranch is, I’ve seen many of them. Never to my knowledge this tiny and fine, though!
aren’t those poisonous?
Had no idea. Thought it was some loverly marzipan creation, or some bird with head tucked…but wait, that’s a finger, so no, some sort of sea creature? I just had to look it up.
Also, the word “Nudibranch” sounds like a strip club for birds!
“C’mon down to the Nudibranch. We’ve got birds, birds, birds in 5 cages! Watch our girls work the perch. Nest dances only 10 seeds!
Awww, so bad. Where’s Oakley to fix this?
Didn’t know what it was, glad I looked it up, and wondering how the hoomin got that wacky scar on (his/her?) digit. Anyone?
That finger is so magnified in the photo that I think what looks like a scar may just be the normal creases and wrinkles in the skin. And what a petit bijoux of a nudibranch!
I never thought I’d want a slug as a pet, but there you have it.
Another point for you if you know how to pronounce ‘nudibranch’.. And no, it doesn’t rhyme with the thing growing out of a tree. :)
jujeebeads makes nudi beads. Nudibranchs have the cutest butts (which are actually their lungs)
I knew – they are so amazingly colorful and varied in appearance – fascinating little critters!
ahem, raise hand!
I worked at a touch tank in the Ocean Science Center (Logy Bay, NL). These little guys are my favourite. Only cuteness competition would have to be the moon snail, that giant blob of snail goodness.
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