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Violet Sea Slug Flabellina pedata

As its name suggests, the violet sea slug is a striking purple colour and is best seen underwater – especially in the summer when they are most common.

Conservation status

Not threatened.  However, the marine environment is under pressure and by supporting campaigns for better protection of marine ecosystems we can help the starfish and other marine invertebrates. In Norfolk, the Cromer Shoal Chalk Bed (chalk reef) was designated as a Marine Conservation Area in 2016 and supports an array of species – including the violet sea slug.

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These sea slugs, or nudibranches, are molluscs just like land slugs and snails, although they are very different. Many nudibranches eat stinging animals called hydroids, which are like small anemones on stalks; they can pass the stings through their digestive system and collect them on their back as a deterent to predators.

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