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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Sea Hare Aplysia punctata

The sea hare, a type of sea slug, has tentacles reminiscent of a hare’s ears. It has an internal shell about 1 in (4 cm) long that is visible only through a dorsal opening in the mantle. If disturbed, it releases purple or white ink. It is not known if this response is a defense mechanism.

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  • Class Gastropoda
  • Length Up to 8 in (20 cm)
  • Habitat Shallow water
  • Distribution Northeast Atlantic and parts of the Mediterranean
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