This Cute Sea Sheep Eats Too Many Algae It Can Photosynthesize

Is this a sheep, or a cow, or a fluffy ball of happiness? Maybe all of it, but this creature has its specific name – it’s Costasiella kuroshimae (or ‘Leaf Sheep’ for short). This adorable little sea slug, whose dotty eyes and cute feelers make it look like a cartoon sea sheep, feeds on algae – just like the real thing!

Besides this,  this tiny cute animal can grow up to 5mm in length and can be found near Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They are one of the only sea creatures in the world that can perform photosynthesis (the others all belong to the sacoglossa sea slug clade). When these weird animals eat algae, they suck out the chloroplasts and incorporate them into their own bodies in a process called kleptoplasty. This process, which otherwise can only be performed by single-celled organisms, essentially makes them solar-powered slugs!

More info: seaslugforum.net

This cute little sea sheep is a sea slug that loves to eat algae

Image credits: Jim Lynn

This cute little sea sheep is a sea slug that loves to eat algae

Image credits: Jim Lynn

These little nibblers have been found everywhere from Japan to Indonesia and the Philippines

Image credits: Randi Ang

Image credits: Johnny Chiu

Boo!

Image credits: Jim Lynn

Sea Turtles Get Rescued From Unnecessary Suffering

As you may know, barnacles are some sort of crustacean that usually fix themselves to rigid surfaces as rocks or even ships. Yet, sometimes they can attach to the sea turtles shell. Although one single barnacle doesn’t particularly cause any sort of damage, if the barnacles number found on a turtle’s shell is too high, that could turn into real struggles for the hopeless marine creature. Swimming difficulties, infections and even poor eyesight can be the result of these sticky crustacean.

And today we will focus on a random act of kindness, where a heroic guy from Sri Lanka, decides to help some poor sea turtles to dispose of a burden that could eventually cost their lives. The helpful man, called Chika Boy is great fond of wildlife and always willing to step up for the hopeless animals. This time, he removes the barnacles from the turtle’s shell!

So, in his latest YouTube video, Chika Boy shows us the easiest way to help a sea turtle to get rid of those unpleasant guests. You can see how many barnacles attached themselves to this tiny sea turtle. Fortunately, this nice guy removes them all using a special tool. Then, with its shell clean, Chika Boy releases the turtle back in the ocean.

Scroll down and find more of his videos on YouTube.

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