Like a transparent, watermelon-Jolly-Rancher-scented Stegosaurus with a Venus flytrap for a face, the lion’s mane nudibranch sea slug Melibe leonina is a lot of things—including one of the kelp forest’s most magical critters!
It’s true! Melibe have a sweet, citrusy smell! It’s thought the scent could help attract other slugs, or act as a predator deterrent. When it’s blustery on the bay and the Melibe are around in big numbers, you can sometimes smell their sweet waft on the wind 🌬🍉