Unexpected Twitter pics of cute underwater bunnies send the Internet into a frenzy on Thursday evening. As soon as the first picture was published on Twitter, users began reposting the subject, adding as many videos and pictures as possible.
There are little details known about this species of underwater bunnies, scientifically called Jorunna parva. Based on what scientists have declared so far, the bunnies are in fact sea slugs belonging to the Discodorididae family. The exemplars of this genus are usually very small and they usually go unnoticed due to their shades.
Jorunna Parva usually hide themselves from other aquatic species as they can be quite vulnerable in the face of predators. They spend great part of their days hidden in dark underwater areas, whereas at night, they often go out of their hideaway to search for food. Parva species usually feed themselves with sponges that live in the Pacific waters of Japan, their native places.
Even though the slugs may appear as they are covered in a fluffy coat, scientists reassure us that they have in fact a mollusk-like form and consistency. Their head is featured with two bunny-like ears that allow Parvas to better smell the objects around them and, thus, to protect themselves against noxious elements. The bunny ears are called rhinophores, according to researchers’ declarations.
The first picture of the cute underwater bunnies was posted on the Internet by Iwabuchi. His pic, illustrating two incredibly fluffy bunnies was soon accompanied by numerous comments coming from curious followers. The majority of the comments were a clear display of tender feelings towards the marine genus, as well as astonishment on behalf of users, who have never seen such exemplars before.
The increasing popularity that the genus has won in the past hours has determined Japanese users to create a special online page to provide people with additional videos and pictures of the velvety slugs. The database contains 10,000 images and videos and it is constantly upgrade with new material provided from interested users.
Most videos on the topic showcase the slow movements that slugs make to remain unnoticed as they move around during day time. The images are of great interest to people who want to learn more about the behavior of the said species; therefore, further efforts will be made to enrich the Jorunna Parva website.
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