Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

Not sure why, but sea slug looks like a new star in the animal kingdom. Two weeks ago, we introduce the cute bunny in the sea and today, we will present you another incredibly cute sea slug – leaf sheep (Costasiella kuroshimae). This amazing creature is actually a species of sacoglossan sea slug whose beady eyes and flat face make it look like an adorable cartoon sheep.

Costasiella kuroshimae, which can grow up to 5 millimeters in length, can be found near Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They graze on green algae, and use the chloroplasts from their food to manufacture their own energy in a process called kleptoplasty. One of the only non-plant organisms in the world that can perform photosynthesis, leaf sheep can survive up to a few months on the energy produced from kleptoplasty. In another word, they are solar-powered slugs!

Photo source: Lynn Wu
Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

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Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

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Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

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Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

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Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

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Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

Photo source: Jim Lynn
Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

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Leaf Sheep? Cartoon Lamb? Another Adorable Sea Slug

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