I am a gastropod. Most gastropods, like snails, have a hard shell outside (but I don't) and a muscular foot that we use to move around. I can't see, but I have two tentacles on my head called rhinophores (RHYNO-fours) and two near my mouth called oral tentacles. These let me smell, taste, and feel my way around the reef. The feathery parts on the back of my body are my gills. I use my gills to breathe in water.
I am a beautiful sea slug! I know you are thinking, "How can something called a slug be beautiful?" Actually, most of us sea slugs, or nudibranchs (NOOD-dy-branks), are very colorful. Our colors warn other animals that we are toxic and bad to eat. This helps protect us from our predators. We get our toxins from the food we eat, mostly sponges.
My favorite food is sponges! They are not only tasty, but their toxins get transferred to me and that protects me from predators. If I am hungry I will also eat other sea slugs if they come across my path. I only eat other animals, so I'm a carnivore.
Reefs are in danger, and that means so is my home!