NAME: Shaggy sea hare (Bursatella leachi africana)
DISTRIBUTION: Langebaan Lagoon to East London, in the shallows. Species circumtropical, but sub-species endemic.
DESCRIPTION: Large sea slug with shaggy extensions to skin. Spade-shaped head. Sandy-coloured, may have black spots and occasional blue or yellow speckling. May also have spots resembling eyes.
NATURAL HISTORY: Usually in estuaries and tidal pools, more rarely on sandy bottoms. May be found in dense clumps or singly. Herbivorous. Lays egg ribbons in long green stringy tangles.
Familiarize yourself with these interesting creatures and other marine animals for your next dive. For more information grab a copy of this book “A Field Guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula” by Georgina Jones available in Pisces Divers.