Only One of These is Ramen Noodles

Nothing says college breakfast of champions more than the salty, stale goodness of Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup. We’ve all been there…where Ramen is life…some of us might still be there…it’s okay friend.

Which is why those visiting the California coast for summer vacation might be slightly confused on who dropped the Ramen in the ocean? Why would anyone waste their 10 for $10 special in the briny blue? It’s preposterous.

Well my friends, that’s because only one of these is Ramen noodles. Can you tell which?

Just in case you need a close up…
Yes, only one is Ramen…the other, Sea Hare egg masses. You heard me right.

Now put away your flavor packets and listen up cause we are gonna have “the talk.” When one mommy sea hare loves a daddy sea hare…just kidding they are hermaphrodites so we can throw all of that basically out the window. During their breeding season, sea hares form large aggregations in which they chain together to make the cutest sea hare babies you ever saw. Being hermaphrodites, the adult hares have both lady bits and man bits too and can choose which to use depending on who is where in the love chain.

Once the deed is did, they lay long “Ramen-like” ribbons of about 80 million eggs that attach to the benthos, turn a pinkish-brown, and take about 10-12 days to hatch. Sea Hares live in the plankton for roughly 30 days till they make their way back to the ocean floor and begin to chow down and start the cycle all over again.

So there you have it, no Ramen wasted here. Keep Calm and Noodle on.

Alex Warneke (112 Posts)

Alex is committed to a life of inspiring others to view science through a more dynamic and empowering lens. Alex obtained her M.Sc. in Chemical Ecology from San Diego State University and most recently resided as a Science Programs Manager and Marine Scientist for the National Park Service. As an ecologist, storyteller, and community engager, she has spanned critical boundaries between stakeholders in education, academia, non-profit, and government to translate the most current scientific bodies of work in ways that are accessible and inclusive. She is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the public using the outlets of art, digital media, education, and citizen science. Currently, Alex works at the interface of climate resilience and community with the Climate Science Alliance. As Deputy Director for the Alliance, her hope is that through her work and experience she can get the world to think differently about how we connect and impact the thriving ecosystem around us and commit to fostering a more resilient future.

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