Hi! I’m Sammy the Sea Sheep!
I’m actually a kind of a sea slug. I got my name because I’ve been told I look like an animal on land called a “sheep”. I’ve never seen one. Have you?
I have at least 18 cousins of different species who inch around the ocean. My family and I live on the Great Barrier Reef, where we eat algae.
But my family and I can do something really cool that my cousins can’t do. Can you guess?
I can use the chloroplasts from the algae that I eat and photosynthesize it! That means I take part of the algae and convert it into more energy, so it’s like we’re solar-powered. It’s a really unique process called kleptoplasty that only can be done by me and single-celled organisms. Isn’t that cool?
What special talents do you have?
You can take Sammy home with you!