Amazing Solar-Powered Sea Slug Can Survive for Months without Food

February 5, 2015 2:40 PM

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A group of U.S. researchers was able to better understand the hidden mechanism employed by a green sea slug that uses genetic material stolen from the algae it eats to stay alive for months without food in a well-lit environment.

The green slug, scientifically dubbed Elysia chlorotica, thrives in the shallow waters off the east coast of the U.S. Scientists recently discovered that the strange creature employs a gene “stolen” from the green algae it eats to maintain the chloroplasts in his gut fully functional.

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