Rachel Neumeier

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This sea slug is like a cross between a dinosaur, a jellyfish, and a watermelon

I saw a gif of a Melibe leonina on Twitter recently and thought: Not really? Because talk about alien forms of life and “living in a science fiction universe” and all that. I must share this wonderful creature with you, so here is a brief article with a video clip: This sea slug is like a cross between a dinosaur, a jellyfish, and a watermelon, which incidentally, what a delightful title for an article!

This person — RR Helm — begins the post:

I am awkward, and for that reason I’ve decided the sea slug Melibe will be my new power animal. I’m clumsy, equally bad at all sports, and catch roughly 2% of things that are tossed to me; I can’t relate to those other power animals. If I’m going to adopt a spirit animal, it’s gotta be something that is awesome despite also being silly. Even better, it will be awesome because it is silly. That’s my power animal. That’s a Melibe.

I can identify with that! About 2%, that sounds right for me as well.

Anyway, you really must click through and enjoy. This creature is now on my top ten list of Aliens Among Us animals.

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