They even have PRIDE under the sea!
Vicky Barlow was poking around the rock pools of Falmouth, England when she found the rainbow sea slug, usually found in warmer waters.
According to experts there have been only three previous sightings of the creature in the UK and this was the first in a rockpool.
The rare rainbow sea slug, also known as the chromodoris lochi, is a colorful marine gastropod mollusk that can be found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, primarily off the coast of northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. It is a type of nudibranch, which are shell-less marine snails that are known for their bright colors and intricate patterns.
The rainbow sea slug is known for its striking coloration, which includes a bright blue body with orange and yellow spots and lines, as well as a distinctive purple or pink rim around its body. These colors are not only beautiful to look at, but they also serve as a warning to potential predators that the sea slug is toxic and should be avoided.
The rainbow sea slug feeds on sponges, which contain toxins that the slug incorporates into its own body for defense. This toxic defense mechanism is what makes the rainbow sea slug one of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures in the ocean.
Despite their striking appearance and toxic defense, the rainbow sea slug is not considered a threat to humans. In fact, they are highly prized by underwater photographers and diving enthusiasts for their vibrant colors and unique beauty.
Happy PRIDE Rainbow Sea Slug.