OK, so I never actually believed that they were a mythical creature, but it took me so long to actually find one after moving to Santa Cruz that I had great fun telling those who didn’t know better that they were figment of the collective local imagination. Courtney, who had seen them before, always sighed, rolled her eyes, and reassured whatever unwitting soul I happened to be talking with at the moment that they did exist, and that I should absolutely not be taken seriously. On this point, I cannot disagree with her, but I must have been somewhat convincing because her mom actually sounded surprised when a friend finally pointed one out to me and I managed to snap a picture of it. She actually made me send her the picture because she didn’t believe me.
A few banana slug facts:
- They are native to the Northwest
- The are HUGE! Some have reached 10 inches in length, and weights of a quarter of a pound.
- They were almost the official mollusk of California. Yes, the legislature actually voted in the noble slug, but the Governor vetoed it.
- They are the official mascot of UC Santa Cruz.