Pic of the Day – Redline Flabellina Nudibranch


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Yesterday, I opened wide and showed some images of a healthy coral reef grown over a recent lava flow.

Today, I am zooming back into something quite teeny – about an inch long. This redline Flabellina Nudibranch (Flabellina rubrolineata) is not terribly uncommon – I have seen quite a few of these nudibranchs (which can have quite a few variations in their coloration), in several locations in Asia.

The key, to me, is to try to capture an image that illustrates both the beautiful coloration and the fluidity of this little slug. Getting one with rhinosphores (“horns”) to the camera can be challenging – this little guy/gal (they are hermaphrodites) was chowing on the white hydroids, also in the picture.

This image was taken on a night (muck) dive, in Banda Harbour, not far from where the images from the lava flow from yesterday were also bagged.

About Judy G Diver

Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, I have always felt a strong connection to the sea. But for many years, I stayed on the surface, afraid of what lurked down deep. When I was in my early 30's, with three young children (aka the P's), my husband (aka Mr G) signed us up for a SCUBA certification course, as a surprise. Although I had my fears, my stubbornness prevailed, and somehow I made it through four murky, frigid, cold water dives in Vancouver to successfully pass the course. Soon after we went diving off the west coast of Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez, where my eyes were opened to the beauty and other-worldliness of the life down under. And the rest, as they say, is history. I currently have well over 2000 dives under the belt, and I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Asia, Australia, Fiji, Galapagos, Costa Rica, California, the Caribbean, Mexico and here in British Columbia. After shooting hefty DSLRs for many years, I just switched over to a groovy Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, in a Nauticam housing, with dual Sea & Sea strobes and a bag full of lenses. In addition to this blog and my personal website (Awoosh.com/Directory), which is linked at the top of the blog, my stuff has been widely published in a variety of magazines and websites, including an ongoing regular monthly feature on Scubadiving.com. All links to this work can be found in this blog.
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