Mysterious Purple Orb | Nautilus Live
Published on Jul 25, 2016
During our initial observations in NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, a snail-like foot and no visible shell suggested the sphere might be a pleurobranch sea slug. Upon more well-rounded review by our research partners at Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, it is now thought the orb belongs to another distantly related group of snails–the velutinids. Modern techniques, including microCT scanning and RNA sequencing, are being used to describe this very likely new species of velutinid.
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The mysterious and the unknown are the most important (and thrilling) things on Earth. Even Albert Einstein said so… and Al was right!