Friday, May 9, 2008

Sea Hare

Good tide pooling this morning. Find of the day was the California Brown Sea Hare - Aplysia californica. Each sea hare is both male and female, but they cannot fertilize their own eggs. Dozens pile up for sea hare orgies. They mate in lines and circles: each is male to the one in front and female to the one behind, so each is both a mother and a father. That is one x-rated gastropod....

For all things sea slug check out the sea slug forum at the Australian Museum.

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