Sheep Of The Sea Are Cutest Slugs We’ve Ever Seen

There are all sorts of beautiful creatures in the sea that most people don’t know about. Costasiella kuroshimae, known as leaf sheep, is a type of slug that lives in the sea. Observers think they resemble cartoon sheep because of its flat white face, leafy body, and dark beady eyes.  These cartoon sheep only grow to a length of 5 mm and are located off the waters of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan.

Costasiella kuroshimae feed on green algae in the sea and produce energy from their food’s chloroplasts through a “kleptoplasty” process. These cartoon sheep are unique because they are the only organisms in the world that are not plants and can still conduct photosynthesis. The sheep can produce enough energy through kleptoplasty to stay alive for a couple of months.

If this cute little ‘leaf sheep’ has inspired you to see sea slugs in a new light, then check out this adorable ‘sea bunny’ sea slug to seal the deal!

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

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It is one of the only creatures in the world that can use algae to photosynthesize!

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

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