Marimo moss balls aren’t actually moss, but algae? Aegagropila linnaei to be precise. These unique creatures can live up to 200 years, are native to lakes in Scotland, Ireland, Estonia and are a national treasure in Japan! Their folklore tells a tale of two lovers who were forbidden to be together. Heartbroken, they both fell into the water and drown and their hearts became the first Marimo. Because of this sweet story, Marimo are often given as gifts to signify love and commitment.