Fact Friday

Nudibranchs, or sea slugs, are colorful little sea creatures.  Their name literally means “naked gills” which refers to the feathery respiratory appendage you can see in the middle of this sea slug’s back.  Many species of nudibranch are able to ingest food toxic to most other organisms and incorporate those toxins into their skin.  Their bright colors warn that they are toxic.

Photo Credit: Annelise Hagan

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Fact Friday

March 17, 2023


Goatfish get their name because of the two barbels that hang from their chin that kind of look like a goat’s whiskers. The barbels are used to sift through the sand in search of tasty invertebrates to eat.  Check out our video of these busy hunters.