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The Wonder of Sea Slugs
The Wonder of Sea Slugs
8th September 2021 • by Adam
8th September 2021 • Who needs a shell? • by Adam
Who needs a shell?
Sea Slugs. It’s a fun, alliterative animal name. It’s also the theme of our brand new AMUSE Plush Sea Slug series, which are ultra-cute versions of the same creature. But what do you actually know about Sea Slugs? (Don’t worry, this isn’t like the last blog post where I went on a weird hypothetical investigation). I actually didn’t know much about Sea Slugs until very recently, so in the spirit of this exciting new plush series launching, I wanted to educate myself and pass on what I had learned to you, the reader. They’re pretty interesting creatures.
The thing about Sea Slugs that’s initially pretty awesome to discover is that they come in a wide variety of styles. Sea Slug is a generic term that refers to an array of invertebrate sea creatures that hold a resemblance to ‘regular’ slugs. Just like other slugs, in most cases ‘sea slugs’ refer to gastropod mollusks that have lost their shell through evolution.

One of the most well-known types of sea slug are the ‘nudibranch’ type, which are characterised by their bright colours and patterns. ‘Nudibranch’ sea slugs often have remarkable symmetry, and a wide range of colour variance between them, often appearing with yellow, orange or blue markings. These are the ‘iconic’ sea slugs, and most Sea Slug things you see (such as plush) will generally be based on this type of sea slug because of this unique aesthetic.
Another iconic type of Sea Slug is the ‘sacoglossa’, a sub-group which consists of less-mobile sea slugs that ingest algae cells as their primary energy source. This group of Sea Slugs are sometimes nicknamed ‘solar powered sea slugs’ because they specifically ingest the ‘chloroplasts’ of algae, the cell that allows plants to photosynthesise, hence their nickname. There are many other variants of sea slugs, and all of them are pretty cute. Even many of the well-known creatures described as ‘sea angels’ or ‘sea butterflies’ actually fall somewhere within the ‘sea slug’ (gastropod) category. Because Sea Slug is a generic classification instead of a specific species, there are lots of things that could be considered sea slugs.
Most Sea Slugs inhabit the lower reaches of the ocean and spend their time in search of food or shelter in their (often kinda scary) deep sea ecosystem. They generally eat whatever they can find that’s smaller than them such as plankton and the aforementioned algae cells. They’re pretty chill though, and can go quite a long time without eating much. They don’t even move that much, unless they’ve got somewhere to be.

I think we can all appreciate the vibes of the humble Sea Slug. They don’t really want much, they’re just happy chilling at the bottom of the deep blue sea. In our complicated modern world, there’s something comforting about that.
Here’s some interesting Sea Slug facts that I find particularly fascinating that won’t fit anywhere else:

- The ‘nudibranch’ type of Sea Slug has been observed making tiny sounds! This is pretty remarkable for a few reasons, but mainly because most types of Sea Slugs and other marine gastropod mollusks do not usually make observable sounds.

- There are over 2,000 types of Sea Slugs that we currently know about!

- Some of the ‘solar powered’ Sea Slugs have a ‘lettuce shaped’ body to create an increased surface area for better photosynthesis!

When making this article, I learned a lot of new stuff about Sea Slugs. There’s a lot more to learn about them, too - even expert marine biologists don’t know everything about them. They’re somewhat mysterious, and it’s believed there’s probably a fair few undiscovered variations. The next time you find a sea slug (which might be more likely than you think - they’re found in pretty much every ocean!) you could be finding a brand new type. Probably not. But you could.
So now that you know a bit more about Sea Slugs, you can appreciate this cute new plush series a little bit more. Arriving in a range of colours and sizes, the Dream Colours Umiushi Sea Slug series recreates the vibrant range of colours of real life sea slugs and condenses all of their charms into one cute (and very soft) plush. You can get it in keychain, small plush and giant sizes. Each plush has two wide eyes, tiny tendrils and a ‘frilly skirt’ and they’re available in four unique colours which each have a different pattern on. They’re a cute plush version of a sea slug, and honestly... what more could you want?
So, did you learn something new about Sea Slugs? I hope you did. Or perhaps you were already an expert. In either case, I imagine you might be interested in the new AMUSE Sea Slug plush series. It’s the perfect way to show off your love and respect for these unique & wonderful creatures.
Sea Slugs. It’s a fun, alliterative animal name. It’s also the theme of our brand new AMUSE Plush Sea Slug series, which are ultra-cute versions of the same creature. But what do you actually know about Sea Slugs? (Don’t worry, this isn’t like the last blog post where I went on a weird hypothetical investigation). I actually didn’t know much about Sea Slugs until very recently, so in the spirit of this exciting new plush series launching, I wanted to educate myself and pass on what I had learned to you, the reader. They’re pretty interesting creatures.
The thing about Sea Slugs that’s initially pretty awesome to discover is that they come in a wide variety of styles. Sea Slug is a generic term that refers to an array of invertebrate sea creatures that hold a resemblance to ‘regular’ slugs. Just like other slugs, in most cases ‘sea slugs’ refer to gastropod mollusks that have lost their shell through evolution.

One of the most well-known types of sea slug are the ‘nudibranch’ type, which are characterised by their bright colours and patterns. ‘Nudibranch’ sea slugs often have remarkable symmetry, and a wide range of colour variance between them, often appearing with yellow, orange or blue markings. These are the ‘iconic’ sea slugs, and most Sea Slug things you see (such as plush) will generally be based on this type of sea slug because of this unique aesthetic.
Another iconic type of Sea Slug is the ‘sacoglossa’, a sub-group which consists of less-mobile sea slugs that ingest algae cells as their primary energy source. This group of Sea Slugs are sometimes nicknamed ‘solar powered sea slugs’ because they specifically ingest the ‘chloroplasts’ of algae, the cell that allows plants to photosynthesise, hence their nickname. There are many other variants of sea slugs, and all of them are pretty cute. Even many of the well-known creatures described as ‘sea angels’ or ‘sea butterflies’ actually fall somewhere within the ‘sea slug’ (gastropod) category. Because Sea Slug is a generic classification instead of a specific species, there are lots of things that could be considered sea slugs.
Most Sea Slugs inhabit the lower reaches of the ocean and spend their time in search of food or shelter in their (often kinda scary) deep sea ecosystem. They generally eat whatever they can find that’s smaller than them such as plankton and the aforementioned algae cells. They’re pretty chill though, and can go quite a long time without eating much. They don’t even move that much, unless they’ve got somewhere to be.

I think we can all appreciate the vibes of the humble Sea Slug. They don’t really want much, they’re just happy chilling at the bottom of the deep blue sea. In our complicated modern world, there’s something comforting about that.
Here’s some interesting Sea Slug facts that I find particularly fascinating that won’t fit anywhere else:

- The ‘nudibranch’ type of Sea Slug has been observed making tiny sounds! This is pretty remarkable for a few reasons, but mainly because most types of Sea Slugs and other marine gastropod mollusks do not usually make observable sounds.

- There are over 2,000 types of Sea Slugs that we currently know about!

- Some of the ‘solar powered’ Sea Slugs have a ‘lettuce shaped’ body to create an increased surface area for better photosynthesis!

When making this article, I learned a lot of new stuff about Sea Slugs. There’s a lot more to learn about them, too - even expert marine biologists don’t know everything about them. They’re somewhat mysterious, and it’s believed there’s probably a fair few undiscovered variations. The next time you find a sea slug (which might be more likely than you think - they’re found in pretty much every ocean!) you could be finding a brand new type. Probably not. But you could.
So now that you know a bit more about Sea Slugs, you can appreciate this cute new plush series a little bit more. Arriving in a range of colours and sizes, the Dream Colours Umiushi Sea Slug series recreates the vibrant range of colours of real life sea slugs and condenses all of their charms into one cute (and very soft) plush. You can get it in keychain, small plush and giant sizes. Each plush has two wide eyes, tiny tendrils and a ‘frilly skirt’ and they’re available in four unique colours which each have a different pattern on. They’re a cute plush version of a sea slug, and honestly... what more could you want?
So, did you learn something new about Sea Slugs? I hope you did. Or perhaps you were already an expert. In either case, I imagine you might be interested in the new AMUSE Sea Slug plush series. It’s the perfect way to show off your love and respect for these unique & wonderful creatures.
About the Author: Adam
Adam is the lead writer of the Tofu Cute Blog and Wordsmith person at Team Tofu. When he's not making fun content for Tofu Cute, he enjoys being a huge nerd. He spends his free time gaming, reading, cooking and figuring out ways to make Godzilla and other giant monsters real.
About the Author: Adam
Adam is the lead writer of the Tofu Cute Blog and Wordsmith person at Team Tofu. When he's not making fun content for Tofu Cute, he enjoys being a huge nerd. He spends his free time gaming, reading, cooking and figuring out ways to make Godzilla and other giant monsters real.
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