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Nudibranch Lovers

Discussion in 'Marine Life and Ecosystems' started by Tjack, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. birdman27

    birdman27 Regular of the Pub

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    Just did a couple of dives at Point Lobos and saw a ton of nudibranchs/slugs. Didnt get a photo of the big ole sea hare on the first dive, but made up for it with variety on the second dive. I dont have the skill or camera gear of some of you, but here is what I got.

    Tons of these yellow ones
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    A good number of these ones, usually the pure white.
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    This was my absolute favorite, found two on this rock. IMG_0036.jpg

    This was my second favorite, being sparkly white and all. IMG_0043.jpg

    This one was pretty big IMG_0016.jpg

    This was another like the pair above, but my wife pointed out there might be a different one in the bottom left of the shot? IMG_0041.jpg
     
  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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  3. chris kippax

    chris kippax Divemaster

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    Phyllodesmium undulatum

    Found this critter in the Mooloolah River Qld Australia

    Phyllodesmium undulatum.jpg
     
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  4. macado

    macado PADI Pro

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    I finally got a chance to dive my usual nudibranch site for the first time in 2019. Unfortunately there has been a major construction project going on which blocks car access to the site. It requires 10 minute albeit relatively easy walk along the shore to the dive site. That tends to scare most people away. That and the snow and 38f water. This dive site is also tidal and can be only dove at slack tide which limits dive duration.

    Peirce Island (January 19th, 2019)
    Max depth: 76ft
    Visibility: 35-40ft+
    Water Temp: 38f
    Dive Time: 64 minutes

    Usually by this time of year the site is completely loaded with flabellina sp "verrilli". They are strangely absent in large quantities this year. I only saw 3-4 of them whereas there are usually hundreds / thousands. Instead right now there is a huge population of very large bushy-backed nudibranchs (dendronotus frondosus). Weird.

    It's possible they'll arrive in early Feb. They usually peak Feb to early March when their population explodes.

    Unfortunately I had some smudges on my lens / camera housing and was having some focusing issues but still managed to get a few shots that weren't completely blurry.

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  5. chris kippax

    chris kippax Divemaster

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    5CD47CED-7997-4D37-B6B0-99D31DC64451.jpeg 82C8D741-ADCF-448D-8EC0-7BAF672CC05B.jpeg Two more from Saturdays dive site called The Trench off of Mooloolaba Qld Australia. Around 16meters deep, slight surge and clear water.
    Goniobranchus kunei & Chromadoris elisabethina
     
  6. WinfieldNC

    WinfieldNC Nassau Grouper

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    Finally came across a nudibranch in NC in 2018. Pictures were taken on the Markham on Sept. 3rd, 2018. From searching this thread it looks like @Steve_C and @WetLens have also found this species in NC in the past.
    2018-09-03 Markham #1 .JPG 2018-09-03 Markham #4.JPG
     
  7. WetLens

    WetLens REEF Volunteer

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    WinfieldNC - Likely the most commonly sighted nudi in NC - Felimare picta; Florida Regal Sea Goddess [​IMG]
     
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  8. macado

    macado PADI Pro

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    A fw shots from yesterday's dive at Peirce Island. The population of flabellina sp "verrilli" is starting to come back. I predict by late February/early March they will be everywhere. Bushy-backed nudibranchs (dendronotus frondosus) are still there but not as large in numbers as a few weeks ago.

    Peirce Island (February 3rd, 2019)
    Max depth: 72ft
    Visibility: 30-40ft+
    Water Temp: 36f (2.2c)
    Dive Time: 61 minutes
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  9. Wisnu

    Wisnu Loggerhead Turtle

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    from end of December 2018 trip, Tulamben area, Bali
    thanks to help me to identify some of them

    46052154055_2faf5bf305_z.jpg Nudibranch tba-1021264.jpg by Wisnu Purwanto, on Flickr

    33084438638_7ca0731180_z.jpg Nudibranch TBA sp-1021317.jpg by Wisnu Purwanto, on Flickr

    31943630597_4510498005_z.jpg Thecacera pacifica aka Pikachu nudibranch-1021297.jpg by Wisnu Purwanto, on Flickr

    46149782354_b7783077a8_z.jpg Chromodoris hintuanensis-2.jpg by Wisnu Purwanto, on Flickr

    45960130715_3a29f595b6_z.jpg Chromodoris reticulata-310207.jpg by Wisnu Purwanto, on Flickr

    45960129555_c684afb661_z.jpg Nembrotha cristata-310232.jpg by Wisnu Purwanto, on Flickr

    31838293697_68a4a462e6_z.jpg Flabelina-1021272.jpg by Wisnu Purwanto, on Flickr


    and the last one below is not nudibranch not any seaslug

    31943630037_0a91a15d9b_z.jpg untitled-1021296.jpg by Wisnu Purwanto, on Flickr
     
  10. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi Wisnu,

    I think your Flabellina above is a Phidiana (or Caloria) indica.

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    This is Phidiana militaris I photographed yesterday off Fujairah in UAE, I frequently mix the two up.

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