This solar powered slug is the Medusa of the nudibranchs.
Its long tentacle like features have a large flat surface that are covered in Zoocanthellae brown algae and separated into individual 'solar panels'. It farms algae on its body to create energy through photo synthesis, which means it uses the ability of plants to convert the suns energy into sugars and nutrients. Over time, this particular nudi has greatly modified the shape of its body to provide as many sunlit regions as possible for their 'veggie patch' to photosynthesise.
If you want to see this slug, it can be located in the dream dive destinations of Raja Ampat, Indonesia which has the reputation of having the greatest diversity of marine life on earth.
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