The Delicate Sea Angel

A small floating sea slug, clionidae or "sea angels" are ferocious little predators that hunt the "sea butterfly," Limacina helicina.

When tasty sea butterflies get close, sea angels shoot out tentacles, grasp the prey with hooks and extract the body completely out of the shell to swallow it whole. Incidentally, this is also how my brother Benny feeds.

A clione shows a limacina what's what.

Two clionidae try to pretend that they are not mucus hungry snail murderers.

More like this

The Census of Marine Life has just released a study of the ocean creatures living in the Arctic and the Antarctic with a startling revelation: 235 identical species thrive in the waters around the North and South Poles, despite the distance 11,000 kilometers between them. The nemertean…
Clione, a shell-less snail know as the Sea Butterfly swims in the shallow waters beneath Arctic ice. Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer and Elisabeth Calvert, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
The Qatar National History Group, a Qatari (Qatarian, Qatarese?), nature outing group, recently discovered what is believed to be a new species of sea slug. The pictures of the colorful critter were reviewed by Dr. Bill Rudman, head of the Sea Slug Forum, and he believes it bears resemblance to a…
I am kind of obsessed with symbiosis and the idea that cooperation between different species can be a driver of evolutionary change. I learned about these symbiotic green sea slugs a while back from a colleague whose mom is a zoologist who studies the evolution of symbiosis between invertebrates…

Let's see if anyone else is nerdy enough to name the music that plays.

I don't know about the music, but I do know that there is porn of it.

Did you know that the angelfish vagina is on the back of the head and lined with teeth ?

Me neither, but I had to learn through, surprisngly well drawn, pictures and you only through words.

Count yourself lucky.

By SadPerson (not verified) on 11 Feb 2009 #permalink

I know this music! It's from Miyazaki masterpiece Nausicäa of the valley of the wind, (Music by Joe Hisaichi). Score!

lol, in the 2nd movie, there's just a random sea angel coiled up and floating around at the start!

By sea angel lover (not verified) on 27 Feb 2009 #permalink