Nudibranchs in Love

by wjw on November 10, 2013

SeaLife DC1400Mother Ocean must be singing songs of sweet, sweet love, because I keep finding nudibranchs in pairs.  Nudibranchs are found all over the reef, and most of them are small and lovely.  (The shorter nudis in these photos are only a couple centimeters long.)

Nudibranchs are basically sea snails that have lost, SeaLife DC1400or rather drastically shrunk, their shells.  Instead of defending themselves with armor, they defend themselves by tasting really, really foul, such that no predator wants to eat them.  And they tend to be brightly colored, because that way predators know not to approach.  (I know that the two button-shaped nudis look like they’re made of plastic.  They’re not, and they actually are that color.)

SeaLife DC1400 Nudis have two hornlike protrusions and feathery external gills.  The ones here tend to be small, but elsewhere I’ve seen some larger nudis waving in the current like bright towels.

A gift from the God of Small Things.


Dee November 11, 2013 at 12:03 am

I have never heard of or seen these before. How beautiful too. I can’t wait to share this with my 7 year old who loves all creatures of nature. Such are indeed gifts from God who makes each living & non living thing unique everywhere.
Thank you for sharing this. I recently found your books and am enjoying myself completely. Finally someone who doesn’t write junk… Thank you.

Arno November 11, 2013 at 6:00 am

Dear wjw, have you NOTHING to tell your worried fans about
the recent typhoon catastrophe? Were you anywhere near the
disaster area?

Wishing you safe homecoming, Arno

wjw November 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

Arno, you probably know more about the hurricane than I do. No TV here, no radio, only a teeny trickle of Internet.

I knew there was a terrible hurricane, but I haven’t seen any details.

In any case, it was probably a thousand kilometers away.

(By the way Arno, I replied to your earlier post in the Open Topic.)

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