Flabellina oculina

  • Kirk Douglas, Ned Land: [Gulps]. I swallowed it.
  • Peter Lorre, Conseil: There was a Flabellina oculina in there.
  • Peter Lorre, Conseil: Poor thing.

Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

There’s a scene in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), where harpooner Ned Land drinks the pickling solution preserving various marine specimens (Peter Lorre: “They’re priceless!”). One jar contains a Flabellina oculina. A what?

So, what did Ned Land swallow? A sea slug! These are marine nudibranch (Latin – Nudus, meaning naked, and Greek – Brankhia, meaning gills) gastropods. Flabellina is a type (genus) of nudibranchs. Oculina is a bunch of Disney nonsense that sounds good. However, Oculina is a group of stoney coral common in Atlantic waters. Here’s a Flabellina

http://www.ianskipworth.com/suig/flabellinaalbomarginata.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flabellina

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