If you thought you have seen all the adorable animals that you know exist, then let me introduce to you the cuteness from under the sea. The Costasiella kuroshimae is referred to the ‘leaf sheep’ or the ‘Shaun the sheep’ and the resemblance is quite uncanny. This adorable sea sheep is a species of sacoglossan sea slug.
With its beady eyes and flat face and the shape of its unique body, the little sea slug looks exactly like an adorable cartoon sheep with a nice coat of wool. But what makes this guy super adorable is the added droopy feelers and the phosphorescent, leaf-like body. How can you not go “awwwww” when you see this little guy?
The Costasiella kuroshimae only grows up to 5 millimeters in length and is mostly found near Japan, Philippines and Indonesia. These cute animals are one of the only non-plant organisms in the world that can perform photosynthesis. As they feast on green algae, these creatures are able to use the chloroplasts from food to manufacture their own energy in a process called kleptoplasty, and can survive up to a few months on the energy produced from kleptoplasty.