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doobzgirl 08-05-2007 12:59 PM

Not aquarium related. Need to know what this creature is....
Hello everyone,
Yesterday in the Gulf of Mexico, we saw many of these little brown creatures. There was a purple flag flying too which means dangerous marine life. A few of my friends said it was a type of stingray but, the body of it closes up completely so it looks like a squid almost. I have been googling everything.
Hopefully I post the picture correctly.

willow 08-05-2007 01:10 PM

don't know what they are,funny you should ask,
we saw those in Grand canaria ??????
and yes they do roll up like a squid.
if no one knows on here,maybe send the pic to
a zoo and see if they can ID it for you.
would love to know.

doobzgirl 08-06-2007 06:11 PM

Ok found out what it was. It's called a Sea Hare and the species is Aplysia Morio. They range from Rhoda Island to southern Florida. Not sure if they are dangeous or not...havent gotten a chance to read the whole page on them....but a lot of people see them in Florida....

willow 08-07-2007 02:00 AM

well that's cleared up that little mystery then.
thank you. :)
i'm going to have a little look around later,and see
what i can find.

doobzgirl 08-07-2007 08:35 AM

actually I read on it last night. It said they are not harmful at all unless you eat them and do not clean them properly. Ew?? It said they are used often in touch pools at aquariums for kids. I guess you can play with them or whatever. Kinda gross.....

caferacermike 08-07-2007 04:16 PM

Your pic is very deceiving as it really looks nothing like a sea hare as they are not generally flattened out like that. Sea hares are excellent detritus and algae eaters. It is a debate though as to whether they will live in captivity as it appears they only eat a specialized algae. I've had a few and they mow right through most algaes in the tank but tend to whither about 5-6 weeks later. Great that you saw those in the Gulf. Whereabouts? I was in Port Aransas TX a few weekends back and caught several triggers, filefish, pipe fish, sea horses, cucumbers, frog fish, angler fish, sargeant major damsels, and a threadfin lookdown.

mcdanielnc89 08-07-2007 04:55 PM

wow that is neat!

doobzgirl 08-07-2007 06:17 PM

This is definitely what it was. It flapped its sides so they rolled they were made of a thin sheet. I cant explain it. Ive never seen anything like it.

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