July 24, 2003

Moalboal UW Pictures

Some people often wonder what are these splendid creatures looking like slugs, well, they are called more generally nudibranchs. They are probably the most beautiful creatures in the ocean. Most of them are small, in the range of 5cm though there is a big one known as 'Spanish Dancer' that can reach about 50cm !

Finding nudibranchs is not easy due to their small size so you mostly have to scan the reef carefully at close distance. They are quite difficult to identify as there are more than 3000 species. When you see one, you rarelly know if it's one that has been already classified and given a species name, or one that nobody has had the opportunity to classify.

Moreover, most dive center really lack an exhaustive book selection which makes identification more difficult.

Pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) Tomato anemonefish (Amphiprion frenatus)

Posted by stephane at July 24, 2003 12:46 PM