All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Sea Hare</strong>
<em>Aplysia californica</em> 
Malibu, CA
March 28, 2007
Kenny first saw this Sea Hare as we walked along the rocks at the beach in Malibu. We were so lucky to get there at low tide so we could see these strange mollusks, s...
Sea Hare
Aplysia californica
Malibu, CA
March 28, 2007
Kenny first saw this Sea Hare as we walked along the rocks at the beach in Malibu. We were so lucky to get there at low tide so we could see these strange mollusks, sea anemones, hermit crabs, chitons, and limpets.
Sea hares are herbivores, they eat seaweeds. It is interesting that they eat only seaweeds that are the same color as their bodies. Talk about picky eaters! They have poisonous skin that deters predators such as sea anemones. They can also produce an ink if disturbed, like their relatives the squid and octopus.

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