Violet sea slug by Rob Spray 1/1

Violet Sea Slug Flabellina pedata

Most common during summer, the violet sea slug is a striking purple colour and is best seen underwater.

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Not threatened.

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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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