Friday, 17 July 2015

Cute 'sea bunnies' become viral sensation in Japan

Fans create web sites for sea slugs, nudibranchs and marine gastropods

By Julian Ryall, Tokyo

12:20PM BST 17 Jul 2015

A genus of sea slugs, nudibranchs and shell-less marine gastropods that resembles fluffy rabbits have become an internet sensation in Japan.

Native to the Pacific Ocean and found as far north as the cooler waters off Japan, the Jorunna genus of sea creatures have become a hit here since being dubbed "sea bunnies".

Some of the sub-species can grow to 8 inches in length, but it is the tiny creatures what appear to have fluffy "coats" and delicate ears that have really triggered the fascination in Japan - a nation notorious for its love of "kawaii", or "cute".

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