A woman in the UK made an incredible discovery while exploring a shallow pool of seawater, known as a rock pool, around the coast of Falmouth in south Cornwall. Vicky Barlow was stunned when she saw a rainbow sea snail, according to the BBC. Experts say there have only been three previous sightings of the creature in the UK and this was the first in a rock pool. The nudibranch, also known as Babakina anadoni, is a member of the aeolian nudibranch in the family Babakinidae.
Known for their bright colors and unusual shapes, these sea snails are usually found in warm sea water off the west coast of Spain, Portugal and France.
“Since then there have been a handful of sightings by divers and snorkelers, but as far as we can see this is the first time this species has been found by a rockpooler in the UK,” says marine biologist Dr Ben Holt of the Rock Pool Project told the BBC.
The expert went on to say that the sea slug discovery in Cornwall was part of a pattern of “massive changes” that marine life has been going through over the past five years.
“It’s a great find and I expect we’ll see more. It’s also quite remarkable because rock pools are quite a harsh environment with the tide going up and down,” said Dr Holt.
Mrs. Barlow was volunteering at the Rock Pool project when she turned over a rock and found the beautiful creature.
“If you’ve pooled as much as I have in the past year, you start to see which rocks are most likely to have something interesting. The last rock I picked up was just one of these,” she shared. The protector.
“It was quite a large, heavy rock, covered in various seaweeds, and once I was lifted, something extremely bright and unusual caught my eye,” Ms Barlow continued.