"" Writer's Wanderings: Meet The Spotted Sea Hare

Monday, January 21, 2019

Meet The Spotted Sea Hare

Our second trip to Marathon's Aquarium Encounters this season yielded a new discovery. Our granddaughter was drawn to the tidal touch pool where she could touch the starfish, the conchs, the horseshoe crabs and several other marine species. As we watched her explore, I suddenly noticed a critter I'd never seen before. It was a sandy color with dark brown spots and looked just like a blob in the water. The attendant called it a spotted sea hare.

The critter in no way resembled a rabbit even with the term hare in its name. It looked like a large snail without a shell or a large slug. They are found in shallow waters mostly and eat algae. When disturbed they emit an inky substance like an octopus does. It does have a thin shell but the shell is actually inside its body.

This visit we also got to see the bonnet head sharks being fed as well as the huge 300 pound plus goliath grouper feasting on tasty chunks of fish. We will probably have one more visit unless our other granddaughter chooses an alternate activity when she has her stay with us. Wonder what else we might discover?

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