Monday, May 26, 2014

Nudibranchs of Tulamben

Mexichromis multituberculata
Hypselodoris emma
  Exploring the black sandy slopes around Tulamben, Bali will reveal a world of wild and colorful creatures, but the treasure for us nudibranch enthusiast are some of the richest grounds for sea slug species anywhere in the world. These pictures represent only a sampling of the nudibranchs we saw over our 8 dives in Tulamben.
Glossodoris cincta
Cuthona sp.1
 These beautiful sea slugs ranged in size from a foot long spanish dancer to a microscopic  nudibranch that I didn't even know it was a nudibranch until I blew up the picture afterwards.

Red Line Flabellina
  The wild patterns and colors can blow your mind if you haven't been exposed to nudibranchs before. Many can be found on brightly colored sponges, soft coral, or hydroids. While the shipwreck is the main draw for scuba divers here in Tulamben it is animals like nudibranchs that will keep divers entertained for weeks and coming back for more. I know I am already looking forward to the next time I get the opportunity to go on a nudibranch hunt here.

Risbecia tryoni

Risbecia tryoni with a commensal Imperial Shrimp

Glossodoris astromarginata

Hypselodoris bullockii

Jorunna funebris
Hypselodoris whitei

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