IT’S HUGE! Giant Black Slug!

– Yeah, oh you got one. Come on, come on, come on. – Right over here guys. It’s huge. – Oh my gosh. Look at the size of that thing. Wow. Can I pick it up? – [Aron] You can. – Whoa, look at that. All right, here we go. Oh my gosh is it slimy. (dramatic music) – [Coyote Voiceover] If there
is one ecosystem on the planet that is constantly changing, it has to be the tide pools. With every single rising
and falling of the tide, new waves crash upon the rocks, and alter the placement
of plants and animals. Along the coast of California, there are a slew of
creatures that you can find, if you know exactly
where to look. – A little striped
crab right here. Oh got it. There’s definitely
no shortage of crabs out here in these tide pools. – [Coyote Voiceover] However,
navigating this terrain can be difficult, because most of the rocks
are wet and slippery. – One of the toughest
things so far for me, in filming beyond the
tide has been the terrain. I’m used to swamps and deserts. Everything here is
rocky and slippery. It’s all cover in a layer of, I guess, it’s some
sort of algae. And using a lot of
eye-foot coordination, because I’m looking
for creatures, and every step I take, your foot might slip
off of something, and these rocks are
extremely jagged. Really easy to
get hurt out here. And I’m sure for you Mark, is even more difficult. Right now you’re
balancing on these rocks just trying to get these shots. Show everybody at home. It isn’t easy, is it? – [Mark] Nope. – All right, well let’s
keep going this way and see what we can find. Watch your footing. Oh, yup, see there you go. – [Coyote Voiceover]
I’m usually pretty good at finding animals in the field. But sometimes a
wildlife expert joins us to help locate the
species that can be very difficult to find. Today, I’m back out with tide
pool expert Aron Sanchez, who’s been exploring these
Southern California pools his entire life, and our goal is to
locate a giant sea slug. – All right Aron, so we’re
here at the tide pools, and we’re looking for slugs. What should I be
keeping my eye out for? – Well Coyote, these slugs are going to be
pretty hard to miss. They’re actually the largest
sea slug on the planet. They come to these
rocky shores here to mate and lay their eggs. – Okay, when you
say the largest, do you mean like five
to six inches in length, or are we talking bigger? – We’re talking probably almost a little bit less
than three feet. – A three foot slug? So it’s going to be
pretty hard to miss? – Yeah. – [Coyote] All right,
let’s start searching. – [Coyote Voiceover]
The search was on, and I was confident that I could come across one of these giants. I mean, if they’re as big
as Aron says they are, spotting one should be simple. Right? – Hi, we’ve been searching for about 45 minutes now through all these layered rocks. I don’t know, Aron said
it was going to be easy. Nothing yet. – [Coyote Voiceover]
We continue to search, over jagged outcrops,
in crevasses, through knee deep pools,
and even under rocks. – I would say the odds of
finding one of these slugs are slim to none. – [Mark] Tides really coming in. – Yeah, it’s coming in big time, and all I’ve seen is
crabs, crabs, crabs. Hermit crabs, striped
crabs, purple shore crabs, no giant slugs. – [Coyote Voiceover]
With the tides starting to come back in, it was looking like our
search for the giant sea slug was coming to an end, but if anyone knows how
to find a sea creature, it’s definitely Aron. – Searching, searching. No big slugs. Yeah. Oh you got one. Come on, come on, come on. – Right over here guys. It’s huge. – Oh my gosh. Look at the size of that thing. Wow, dude, yes. Well that was one
heck of a search, and there it is. Can I pick it up? – [Aron] You can. It’s totally safe. – And it’s not going to ink me. – Might be a little
slimy but that’s it. – Whoa, look at that. Oh my gosh is it slimy. Oh, look at that slug. Oh my gosh it is heavy. Geez, this thing must be about almost 10 pounds I would guess. – [Mark] Is that a big one Aron? – It’s a pretty good size, yeah. It’s one of the
bigger ones I’ve seen. – I’m going to let it
stretch out on my arm, see if we can get it to
fully elongate itself. Oh my gosh, it is so slimy. All right, now tell us
about this slug, Aron. – Well Coyote, what
he’s wrapping around
his arm right now is actually his muscular foot. He uses that to get around. – I can feel him
gripping on to my arm. I mean, I can feel him
actually wrapping around me. And I can feel his little
tongue under there. Can’t bite right? – [Aron] No, these
guys are vegetarians. They mostly eat algae and kelp. – [Coyote] And it does have
an internal shell, correct? Where it has all of it’s organs? – It does have an
internal shell. It’s kind of soft
and made of protein. And that is actually
what these extensions of its foot, called
parapodium, are protecting. – I can see why there’s
no way you would miss stumbling upon one of these. I have to admit, I was just
over there talking to Mark, I literally said, “I’m
really doubting our chances “of finding one of these slugs.” All we’ve seen all day is crabs and smaller little
brown sea hares. – [Mark] Which by the way,
we should grab one of those. Isn’t there one over here? Let’s see it next to each other. – [Coyote] Yeah,
all right you got one of those brown sea hares? Okay, so this is cool, showing the comparison of
the giant black sea slug, next to the much
smaller brown sea slug. And they’re both
called sea hares, because as you can see those tentacles
sticking up in the air, in the front of the head, look like rabbit’s ears. – [Mark] I thought the
brown sea hare was big. – Yeah, seriously
there is no mistaking the difference between
these two species. Wow, that thing is
absolutely massive. It weighs about 10 pounds, and fully stretched out it’s
about two feet in length. That is crazy, and it is
so unbelievably slippery. It’s actually really
hard to hold on to it. And my hands and
arms are now covered in a slippery mucus. Now are they toxic in any way? – [Aron] No they’re not. – Okay, so I’m in
no danger right now? So they don’t bite. They’re not toxic. They’re just slimy
and alien looking. So how do these defend
themselves against predators? – Well you know,
these guys don’t have as many predators as
the California sea hare, probably due to their size. So they would generally just
stick to where they are, and they’re going to be pretty
well hidden in these rocks. – I can’t even imagine what
would want to try to eat this. It’s just so amazing
how big this slug is. When you said to me, “Yeah,
we’re going to go out. “We’re going to
catch a giant slug.” I honestly didn’t believe you. When you said they could grow to be about
two feet in length. And until I actually had
this animal in my hand, really on my arm, I didn’t believe it. This is absolutely amazing. Well Aron, thank you so much
for having us out today, to explore the tide
pools her at San Pedro. I think there’s no
question about it. This is one big black slug. I’m Coyote Peterson. Be brave. Stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. – [Coyote Voiceover]
We gently place these two slimy slugs back into
their respective pools, and watched as they slowly
returned to the wild. I think it’s fair to
say that these creatures are as primordial as it gets. And while they may be
incredibly bizarre looking, they are an important part
of the tide pool ecosystem. Make sure to check out some of
Aron’s tide pool photography by visiting his Instagram
account @Waterbod, or his website, If you thought this
adventure was exciting, make sure to go back and
watch my close encounter with the yellow
bellied sea snake. And don’t forget, subscribe to
the brave wilderness channel so you can join me and
the crew on this season of Beyond the Tide. There’s no question about it, this is the most lethal snake
species I have ever handled.

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100 Responses

  1. B. Lloyd Reese says:

    Which tide pool is this?

  2. Super Spinach says:

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  3. Jerome Sears says:

    That's not a slug. That's a sea lion! ๐Ÿ˜ง

  4. Cara Furry says:

    Ive been to those kind of tide pools I only live a few miles away and I've never seen that!

  5. mels pubg says:

    thatโ€™s a nice looking dog

  6. Hanz Macalalad Challenges, Plant Reviews, and More says:

    It looks like Slogoman :/

  7. YMK says:

    โ€œIโ€™m gonna let it stretch out on my arm to see if we can get it to fully elongate itselfโ€
    โ€œOh my gosh, it is so slimy โ€œ

  8. omegagamer clarence says:

    Slug is just a cat of the sea

  9. Jewel Pastoral says:

    Looks like a hippo

  10. Peepoo BEepoo says:

    s a l t i t

  11. Brittney white says:

    Yuck barf ๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ฃ

  12. Black Bunny says:

    MOM!!! Bring me the salt!!

  13. Golden Guy Martin says:


  14. ErCapoAlex says:

    Coyote Peterson uses masterball

  15. H3rvin says:

    2:01 That water reflection looks like itโ€™s a field with farms on it

  16. H3rvin says:

    2:11 That water reflection looks like itโ€™s a field with farms on it

  17. JustEmiiLee 13 says:

    Oh god…

  18. vulpix gamer says:

    Little sluggy

  19. mizofan says:


  20. เน„เธžเธšเธนเธฅเธขเนŒ เธชเธธเธ‚เน€เธฅเธดเธจเธ”เธดเธฅเธเธเธธเธฅ says:

    Areโ€‹ youโ€‹ ever scard

  21. NYMC BIKERS says:

    Itโ€™s like a bbb

  22. Enoch A says:

    adds salt

  23. JACKIE R. NF says:

    Damn they found it the slug. Can you guys find me a boyfriend?

  24. Jonathan Cochran says:


  25. keshav sharma says:

    3:45 is what you are looking for

  26. Eggo Girl says:

    What kind of dog is that? Looks fun

  27. Shannon Hass-Williams says:

    DONโ€™T touch it ( edsept if youโ€™re a pro)

  28. Emelia says:

    Aron is hot lol

  29. Ikor Simon says:

    'wow that thing is absolutely massive'๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Shrekanator says:

    BIG. BLACK. COC- I mean slug

  31. wargreymon xtreme11 says:

    In pokemon logic it a dragon type.

  32. MULTI KONTO NR 1 says:

    Ale wielki slimak

  33. Stella And Jude Productions ! says:


  34. Tomeka Roach says:

    It fine not watching this ever again

  35. โ€ขKiyoshiโ€ข says:


    Me: thats what she said

  36. Saved by Allah says:

    Not saying you replace Irwin but dude your passion for what you do is awesome.
    Love the videos brother

  37. Pร˜Tร„Tร˜ Gร˜D says:

    No one:
    Best fiends: Y E S

  38. 123456 789 says:

    Slugma? More Like Sea Slime

  39. Just a Random Gamer says:

    IT"S SO CUUUUTE!!!!!!!!

  40. Gaming_Kathy says:

    imaging that in your back yard!!!

  41. CarlosMz says:

    I seen one of those before

  42. Jolita Rasciene says:

    Ewwwwwww but cool IT'S HUG

  43. Jolita Rasciene says:

    IM IM IM IM THIS RIGHT NOW ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  44. ุนุจุฏุงู„ุงู„ู‡ ุงู„ุฌู†ูˆุจูŠ says:


  45. StayEpik 1798 says:

    Stumpy would love it

  46. Travis Rayome says:

    The chad Black Sea slug vs the virgin round sea slug

  47. jopel Almayda says:

    masrap sigurong adobohin to hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ ok lets confuse them . who loves adobo(exotic one)? โœ‹

  48. William says:

    You should drop it into a bucket of salt and see how it reacts

  49. Jojolizy 13 says:

    I LOOOVE him! He exceds my expectations in a slug. I NEED to give him a good PAT!

  50. ่’ฒ่”ฅ says:


  51. Canes Venatici says:

    So, since it's not toxic you can eat them right? Lucky, they don't live in French.

  52. Why Are you doing this says:

    Shaquill 'o gary

  53. Danyelle Boumberger says:

    My name is Hannah delete that age eggs and I don't have it it's at the end of my name is cuz it a n n a and is that thing poisonous or what thing is that what is that yeah just ugly want monster yeah I would say is swamp monster yes bye-bye by creepy ugly thing and bye-bye I meant by coyote Peterson

  54. Danyelle Boumberger says:


  55. Danyelle Boumberger says:

    I think I saw one of your plugs under that one of the rock that you guys pass it I think I saw one yeah I don't know if I got one at all

  56. Xiomara Vidal says:

    Hi Arron Sanchez โ˜บ๏ธ

  57. Justin Graf says:

    I love the beach ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜™

  58. bartcn says:

    thanks, i hate it

  59. Double U says:

    I have only seen a snail once but like 20 to 30 times with slugs. Also my brother named the snail Gary

  60. BMartin999 1 says:

    So that's what i saw in Croatia

  61. Ella Jackson says:

    I legit thought the thumbnail was you holding a squishy pig

  62. Brody Wheelton says:

    Keep it

  63. Family truck Warriors says:


  64. Jenny Maddick says:


  65. TRรซรซ 26 says:

    Now sprinkle some salt on it

  66. Chloe Elizabeth says:

    Slugs go slowly and slimy you mean
    ! ######๐Ÿ˜€ =

  67. Chloe Elizabeth says:

    And thay are not toxic okay but some are

  68. Jordan Culbert says:

    How do you make murch

  69. CHNOPS says:

    hard to believe this video was 3 years ago it feels longer

  70. Roger Sy says:

    i went on a field trip yesterday for bio class to the tide pools and i got to hold one of the giant slugs. i miss it

  71. Raven Xo says:

    Itโ€™s kinda cute ๐ŸฅบโœŒ๏ธ

  72. ThatKid Kv says:

    Coyote:Oh my gosh itโ€™s slimy!

    Me:Duh itโ€™s slimy itโ€™s a slug


  73. Franciscus Alvito says:

    How long youve been with animas? You recognize that it is a sea creature, didn't you? You said that you "gently" put it back after harashing, dude.

  74. Metaphysics says:

    I made a giant black slug in me pants

  75. Hailey Clark says:

    Awww it's so big and slimy

  76. ร†rรญsta says:

    Big black slug ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Small brown slug ;(

  77. Rey XX says:

    Awwww I want it
    I'd name it muggly ๐Ÿ™‚
    Or maybe tony
    Tony the baby boi

  78. Oviyan De says:

    YUCK ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ

  79. YTP DanTDM Fan says:

    I Think Thats A Sea Cucumber But I Literally Clicked And Didn't Read The Title.

  80. TheLordanonim says:


  81. Piet Hein says:

    You should call him gary

  82. Cole Kotran says:

    7:01 hold up

  83. IMPRO VING says:

    Watching this high is just gonna be on another lvl

  84. hacker man 4chan says:

    Get me some salt

  85. Ali Alsalman says:


  86. Ali Alsalman says:

    ,,, ู„ุง ู„ุง

  87. joychirayath 999 says:

    Don't give Wrong message. to the public…many of sea creaters are very Toxic. …with out proper security it is fatel painful experience to innocent viewers. …๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  88. AdamPlayz Fortnite says:

    no not da cwabs D:

  89. Soffie Savage says:

    That slug is thicker than me๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ˜‚

  90. Liam Porter says:

    Are you serious about slimy bug

  91. Working Hands says:


  92. Gabriel Sanchez says:

    California? Hard to believe such bizarre animals can be found so close to home.

  93. Ibnu Putra says:

    Apa tuh

  94. Mario Gonzalez says:

    Thereโ€™s no shortage of crabs in general in California

  95. Jake Ryker says:

    Sagging Water Piggie!

  96. Clayton Warner says:

    The japanese people will cook that thing

  97. Mac Plays says:

    its a slogoman

  98. Krystyna Latkowska says:

    how did you now my name

  99. snickers ballz says:

    It would be fun to cut it open and see what's inside

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