Science fiction is rarely as inventive as our natural world.
The Eastern Emerald Elysia sea slug ingests chloroplasts from algae. After a single meal, they're able to consistently process these chloroplasts independently and use them for photosynthesis like any plant.
This beautiful leaf-shaped creature lives in shallow pools off the Atlantic coast of North America.
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Fascinating factoids to spark your storyspining
Whenever I learn something new about our amazing world I always wonder how I might weave that tantalizing tidbit into a story . . .