Nudibranchs fascinate me ....

Beautiful undersea creature - nudibranch

Nudibranchs, pronounced 'noodibrank', are a mollusc - basically speaking - a slug, and come in an enormous variety of sizes and colours.

Nudibranch itself means 'naked gills'. the plumes you see on them are literally their gills for breathing.

They are found in most habitats in all the oceans of the world.

Most nudibranchs are carnivorous. Some feed on sponges, others on hydroids, others on bryozoans, and some are cannibals, eating other sea slugs, or, on some occasions, members of their own species. Other groups feed on tunicates, barnacles, or anemones

Nudibranchs are hermaphroditic, and thus have a set of reproductive organs for both sexes, but they can rarely fertilize themselves.

Nudibranch Eggs

Nudibranchs typically deposit their eggs within a gelatinous spiral.

A lot of the pleasure I get from scuba diving is the enjoyment in taking the scuba diving photos. I have placed a few of the fruits of my photography underwater here for you to look at. Nudibranch Hypselodoris Cf Bullockii

Cadlinella Ornatissima

Chromodoris Annae

Chromodoris Coi - Nudibranch

Chromodoris Dianae - Nudibranch

Chromodoris Dianae - Nudibranch

Chromodoris Magnifica - Nudibranch

Chromodoris Tritos - Nudibranch

Chromodoris Willani - Nudibranch

Helgerda Malesso - Nudibranch

Jorunna Funebris - Nudibranch

Nembrotha Cristata - Nudibranch

Phyllidia Elegans - Nudibranch

Phyllidia Ocellata - Nudibranch

Phyllidiopsis Shireenae - Nudibranch

Phyllodesmium Briareum - Nudibranch

Pteraeolidia Ianthina - Nudibranch

Thuridilla Bayeri - Nudibranch

I hope, having had a look at my underwater photos, that you have got just a fraction of the enjoyment that I got taking them!

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