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Image of a spanish shawl nudibranch on the reef
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Spanish Shawl

The Spanish shawl is a species of nudibranch. This colorful sea slug is commonly found in the Pacific Ocean from the Galapagos Islands to British Columbia in Canada, where is feeds on small coral polyps. This gives the nudibranch its bright colors. The red appendages on its back are its gills, which it uses to extract oxygen from the seawater.

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