You’ve heard of sea monkeys, but have you heard about sea bunnies? Slugs are usually not on the list of cute animals, but this little one is! The internet is going gaga over the Jorunna Parva species which bears an uncanny resemblance to small, fluffy rabbits which has recently earned them the nickname, “sea bunnies”.
With its bunny ears, rounded body and tail fluff at the back, it is clear why people all over the internet are freaking out over how adorable the sea bunnies are. The Jorunna Parva species was first discovered by Japanese malacologist Kikutaro Baba in 1938, but the rest of the world was only made aware of this insanely cute creature last year when footage from a Japanese diving school was released online. Let me speak for everyone else and express our indignance at how unfair it is that Japan has all the cute animals (see Japanese dwarf flying squirrel).
The video clip that features parva off the coast of Japan, went viral on the internet and people started raving about the cuteness of these underwater creatures. The footage was recorded in the Kumomi region of Japan in March last year, by Japan-based Dive Store Exiles, but it only went viral last weekend, when it started trending on Twitter. Some users compared the creatures to Pikachu from Pokémon, while others called them “mochi (Japanese rice cake) seasoned with sesame and bunny ears”.
According to the video, the sea slugs are “gomafu biroodo umiushi”, which translates to “black speckled velvet sea slug”. Parva are covered in tiny sensory bumps, or tubercles, surrounded by needle-like spicules. Most of them are small and cover the slug’s body, but some of them are larger and resemble ears or leaves. While parva are mostly yellow and brown, the ones in the video are white with patches of black.
The Jorunna genus consists of 27 species and can be found across Japan, the Philippines, and Seychelles, but the parva are believed to be the cutest of all.
Check out the video below of the adorable sea bunnies.
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