N is for nudibranch

Nudibranchs colourful sea slugs that are found in oceans around the world. They are nice to look at but nasty to eat.

Nudibranch No-no’s

Never nibble nudibranchs!
Don’t bite or lick or chew.
Don’t gnaw upon their frilly bits.
Don’t put them in a stew.

Just leave them in the sea to glide
and watch them gently flutter.
Don’t spread them on your breakfast toast
with marmalade and butter.


Some nudibranchs are poisonous because they store toxins in their body. Others have stinging cells. They don’t make the stings themselves, though, they collect them from the food that they eat.

So, really, nudibranchs are not a good choice for breakfast. That is why it is easy to find pretty pictures of them online … but not recipes.