Tofino’s Banana Slug

I was casually reading a Tofino tourist magazine when I first read about the banana slug.

I was used to thinking of slugs as slimy, dull-coloured things that are not the most popular creatures due to their habit of nibbling through plants and vegetables and leaving disgusting, gooey trails behind them.

However, I was fascinated by the idea of there being a slug that was bright yellow and resembled a banana.

Moreover, it was interesting that a slug was being celebrated and pinpointed as something to watch out for in Tofino, on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island.

From then on, I was keeping an eye our for one all of the time and then finally it appeared and I was seeing a slug in a very different light.

The Pacific banana slug is the largest terrestrial slug in the world and has a particular fondness for eating mushrooms.

Have you ever seen a banana slug?

 

8 Comments

  1. September 11, 2012 / 16:30

    Of course slugs are entitled to live a long and happy life, however, for me they are the least favourite of all God’s creatures. Pretty color though.

    • September 12, 2012 / 14:32

      Poor slugs don’t get much love…unless they’re a banana slug!

  2. September 12, 2012 / 10:04

    Really amazing, who would have thought that something like this exists. Indeed, it has to be the terrestrial slug in the world.
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    • September 12, 2012 / 14:28

      I couldn’t believe that a bright yellow slug existed in the world!

    • September 18, 2012 / 13:31

      Ha ha, it’s amazing what a bit of bright colour can do for an ugly, slimey thing!

    • September 18, 2012 / 13:31

      Ha ha, it’s amazing what a bit of bright colour can do for an ugly, slimy thing!