Purple Slugs

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Animals, Weird | Posted on 16-06-2015

Something terrifying has happened in the East Bay area, and it comes in the form of big, purple, and just downright scary looking creatures. According to Reddit, this area in San Francisco is home to something that’s never been seen before. Giant purple sea slugs are washing up on shore!

Of course this is something that sounds like it’s coming straight out of a movie, but that’s not the case at all. Brad Reifler (reuters.com) is surprised to know that these big purple nasty things actually have a name and a purpose other than just terrifying everyone that stumbles across them. They are infact called sea hares, and they have many people scratching their heads. Who are they? How’d they get here? And why are they suddenly showing up?

The sea hares are pretty big. They’re usually about fifteen pounds and they can grow to be quite lengthy as well! The sad news, or good news depending on how you look at is, is the fact that when these creatures wash up on shore they are usually dead already. So why are these dead creatures washing up? There was a huge boom to the population about a year ago, and now that the year has passed, the creatures lay eggs and die. They then wash up on shore. The eggs that they lay are pretty freaky as well, they just look like a large pile of wet noodles.

Experts looking into this will say that the large number of these creatures is in fact unnusual, but they have a few theories as to why this population boom occurred. The slugs are mostly harmless. People can pick them up, look at them, and touch them. It is, however, not encouraged to take them home. They belong on the beach.