“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”…..Carl Sagan
The Sea Hare, Aplysia Dactylomela – Spot, lives in tidal rock pools, shallow coastal water and seagrass but have been located as deep as 40 m. They are capable of both swimming and crawling, are harmless to humans but have a defence of spurting a non toxic purple ink if disturbed.
Sea Hares are hermathrodites, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs. They can be found in most states of Australia but are often difficult to spot due to their extremely efficient camouflage. Their life span is approximately 1 year.
These creatures are so called due to their large tentacles which were thought to resemble the large ears of a hare.
The above photos were taken by the author at Kings Beach, Caloundra, Qld. Australia
For more information, see -https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/molluscs/sea-hare/
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