Life of Sea | Sea Slug | Sea slugs are also often referred to as sea cucumbers, mainly because of the form of sea slug and the fact that it is usually found on reefs or rocks usually silent, so it looks like the kind of vegetable water. The sea slugs are herbivores and feed on plankton and decaying matter at the bottom of the sea, along with the grazing on the rocks and reefs to algae. By munching on decaying plant matter in the seabed, sea slugs are very useful for any of the marine environment in which inhabit the sea.
Due to the nature of their moves, sea slugs are often very open and prey so popular for a variety of predators in the ocean. Crab, lobster, fish and even humans is one of the animals that prey on sea snail meat. Some species of sea slug can protect themselves from harm by wrapping their tentacles around potential predators, so that predators can not afford to hurt them. This is only true however, for species of sea slug that actually has tentacles, others totally helpless.
The sea slug is often an attractive complement for saltwater aquariums and can be useful in keeping the algae at a minimum. Despite the existence of a sea slug lead is relatively immobile, they are an important factor in the marine environment. There is known to thousands of different species of sea slug found throughout the world and it is estimated that there are many more species of sea slug that has not been found. Sea slugs can range in size from a few millimeters to over 30 cm in length and can be found in various colors and shapes.
The sea slugs are hermaphrodites, which means that the sea slug has both male and female reproductive organs. Sea slugs release eggs into the water on the sticky tape-like groups that can contain thousands of eggs but usually much less. Fertilized eggs and larvae of sea slug (baby sea snails) immediately develop and become bigger, after hatching from their sticky eggs.
Sea slugs are not only harvested for food by humans, but is also used in traditional medicine, especially in the far east as the extract of sea cucumber is said to have healing properties.