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  • Yeah, oh you got one.

  • Come on, come on, come on.

  • Right over here guys.

  • It's huge.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • Look at the size of that thing.

  • Wow.

  • Can I pick it up?

  • You can.

  • Whoa, look at that.

  • All right, here we go.

  • Oh my gosh is it slimy.

  • (dramatic music)

  • If there is one ecosystem on the planet

  • that is constantly changing,

  • it has to be the tide pools.

  • With every single rising and falling of the tide,

  • new waves crash upon the rocks,

  • and alter the placement of plants and animals.

  • Along the coast of California,

  • there are a slew of creatures that you can find,

  • if you know exactly where to look.

  • A little striped crab right here.

  • Oh got it.

  • There's definitely no shortage of crabs

  • out here in these tide pools.

  • However, navigating this terrain

  • can be difficult,

  • because most of the rocks are wet and slippery.

  • One of the toughest things so far for me,

  • in filming beyond the tide has been the terrain.

  • I'm used to swamps and deserts.

  • Everything here is rocky and slippery.

  • It's all cover in a layer of,

  • I guess, it's some sort of algae.

  • And using a lot of eye-foot coordination,

  • because I'm looking for creatures,

  • and every step I take,

  • your foot might slip off of something,

  • and these rocks are extremely jagged.

  • Really easy to get hurt out here.

  • And I'm sure for you Mark,

  • is even more difficult.

  • Right now you're balancing on these rocks

  • just trying to get these shots.

  • Show everybody at home.

  • It isn't easy, is it?

  • Nope.

  • All right, well let's keep going this way

  • and see what we can find.

  • Watch your footing.

  • Oh, yup, see there you go.

  • I'm usually pretty good

  • at finding animals in the field.

  • But sometimes a wildlife expert joins us

  • to help locate the species that can be

  • very difficult to find.

  • Today, I'm back out with tide pool expert Aron Sanchez,

  • who's been exploring these Southern California pools

  • his entire life,

  • and our goal is to locate a giant sea slug.

  • All right Aron, so we're here at the tide pools,

  • and we're looking for slugs.

  • What should I be keeping my eye out for?

  • Well Coyote, these slugs

  • are going to be pretty hard to miss.

  • They're actually the largest sea slug on the planet.

  • They come to these rocky shores here

  • to mate and lay their eggs.

  • Okay, when you say the largest,

  • do you mean like five to six inches in length,

  • or are we talking bigger?

  • -We're talking probably almost

  • a little bit less than three feet.

  • A three foot slug?

  • So it's going to be pretty hard to miss?

  • Yeah.

  • All right, let's start searching.

  • The search was on,

  • and I was confident that I could

  • come across one of these giants.

  • I mean, if they're as big as Aron says they are,

  • spotting one should be simple.

  • Right?

  • Hi, we've been searching for

  • about 45 minutes now

  • through all these layered rocks.

  • I don't know, Aron said it was going to be easy.

  • Nothing yet.

  • We continue to search,

  • over jagged outcrops, in crevasses,

  • through knee deep pools, and even under rocks.

  • I would say the odds of finding one of these slugs

  • are slim to none.

  • Tides really coming in.

  • Yeah, it's coming in big time,

  • and all I've seen is crabs, crabs, crabs.

  • Hermit crabs, striped crabs, purple shore crabs,

  • no giant slugs.

  • With the tides

  • starting to come back in,

  • it was looking like our search for the giant sea slug

  • was coming to an end,

  • but if anyone knows how to find a sea creature,

  • it's definitely Aron.

  • - Searching, searching.

  • No big slugs.

  • Yeah.

  • Oh you got one.

  • Come on, come on, come on.

  • Right over here guys.

  • It's huge.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • Look at the size of that thing.

  • Wow, dude, yes.

  • Well that was one heck of a search,

  • and there it is.

  • Can I pick it up?

  • You can.

  • It's totally safe.

  • And it's not going to ink me.

  • Might be a little slimy but that's it.

  • Whoa, look at that.

  • Oh my gosh is it slimy.

  • Oh, look at that slug.

  • Oh my gosh it is heavy.

  • Geez, this thing must be about

  • almost 10 pounds I would guess.

  • Is that a big one Aron?

  • It's a pretty good size, yeah.

  • It's one of the bigger ones I've seen.

  • I'm going to let it stretch out on my arm,

  • see if we can get it to fully elongate itself.

  • Oh my gosh, it is so slimy.

  • All right, now tell us about this slug, Aron.

  • Well Coyote, what he's wrapping around his arm right now

  • is actually his muscular foot.

  • He uses that to get around.

  • I can feel him gripping on to my arm.

  • I mean, I can feel him actually wrapping around me.

  • And I can feel his little tongue under there.

  • Can't bite right?

  • No, these guys are vegetarians.

  • They mostly eat algae and kelp.

  • And it does have an internal shell, correct?

  • Where it has all of it's organs?

  • It does have an internal shell.

  • It's kind of soft and made of protein.

  • And that is actually what these extensions

  • of its foot, called parapodium, are protecting.

  • I can see why there's no way you would miss

  • stumbling upon one of these.

  • I have to admit, I was just over there talking to Mark,

  • I literally said, "I'm really doubting our chances

  • of finding one of these slugs."

  • All we've seen all day is crabs

  • and smaller little brown sea hares.

  • Which by the way, we should grab one of those.

  • Isn't there one over here?

  • Let's see it next to each other.

  • Yeah, all right you got

  • one of those brown sea hares?

  • Okay, so this is cool,

  • showing the comparison of the giant black sea slug,

  • next to the much smaller brown sea slug.

  • And they're both called sea hares,

  • because as you can see

  • those tentacles sticking up in the air,

  • in the front of the head,

  • look like rabbit's ears.

  • I thought the brown sea hare was big.

  • Yeah, seriously there is no mistaking

  • the difference between these two species.

  • Wow, that thing is absolutely massive.

  • It weighs about 10 pounds,

  • and fully stretched out it's about two feet in length.

  • That is crazy, and it is so unbelievably slippery.

  • It's actually really hard to hold on to it.

  • And my hands and arms are now covered

  • in a slippery mucus.

  • Now are they toxic in any way?

  • No, they're not.

  • Okay, so I'm in no danger right now?

  • So they don't bite.

  • They're not toxic.

  • They're just slimy and alien looking.

  • So how do these defend themselves against predators?

  • Well you know, these guys don't have

  • as many predators as the California sea hare,

  • probably due to their size.

  • So they would generally just stick to where they are,

  • and they're going to be pretty well hidden in these rocks.

  • I can't even imagine what would want to try to eat this.

  • It's just so amazing how big this slug is.

  • When you said to me, "Yeah, we're going to go out.

  • "We're going to catch a giant slug."

  • I honestly didn't believe you.

  • When you said they could

  • grow to be about two feet in length.

  • And until I actually had this animal in my hand,

  • really on my arm,

  • I didn't believe it.

  • This is absolutely amazing.

  • Well Aron, thank you so much for having us out today,

  • to explore the tide pools her at San Pedro.

  • I think there's no question about it.

  • This is one big black slug.

  • I'm Coyote Peterson.

  • Be brave.

  • Stay wild.

  • We'll see you on the next adventure.

  • We gently place these

  • two slimy slugs back into their respective pools,

  • and watched as they slowly returned to the wild.

  • I think it's fair to say that these creatures are as primordial as it gets.

  • And while they may be incredibly bizarre looking,

  • they are an important part of the tide pool ecosystem.

  • Make sure to check out some of Aron's tide pool photography

  • by visiting his Instagram account @Waterbod,

  • or his website, waterbodymedia.com.

  • If you thought this adventure was exciting,

  • make sure to go back and watch my close encounter

  • with the yellow bellied sea snake.

  • And don't forget, subscribe to the brave wilderness channel

  • so you can join me and the crew on this season of

  • Beyond the Tide.

  • There's no question about it,

  • this is the most lethal snake species I have ever handled.

Yeah, oh you got one.

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IT'S HUGE! Giant Black Slug!

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    羅世康 posted on 2019/12/07
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