This species of Sea Slug, Flabellina goddardi, or less formally known as the Fiery Sea Slug, was just discovered in 2008 when Marine Biologist Jeff Goddard was searching for another type of sea slug. Instead of finding that one, he ended up making this discovery!
Pictured in this microscopic image are the embryos contained within the egg mass. 0.1-millimeter-long babies hatch into shelled larvae after about a week after the eggs are laid. The babies feed and grow on plankton in shallow waters off California for a month or two before they settle, metamorphose, and start eating adult food.
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