08-07-2007, 04:16 PM
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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.