Pic of the Day – Free Swimming Flatworm

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Pseudobiceros Flatworm

Yesterday, we were looking more to the big picture, with imagery from Stingray City in Grand Cayman. Today’s pic is back to something quite small, and I think a bit unusual – a free swimming flatworm, that I captured in Ambon Harbour in Indonesia – home of some pretty bodacious muck diving.

Flatworms, which are cousins of nudibranchs, are cool little critters, and there seems to be a lot of them. This one is (I think) some sort of Pseudobiceros. A bit hard to tell, as these things are usually creeping across the reef when we see them, not curled up like this in swimming contortions. I can’t find a positive match in my id book.

This one had launched itself and was swimming up off the reef, in the water column. It was spotted during a shore night dive, and I will admit to quite a bit of luck in actually getting it in focus – a devilish proposition with a macro lens in manual focus mode in black water.

If I recall correctly, it was about 2 inches long.

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 and dive in Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Fiji, Palau, Philippines, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Hawaii, California, Egypt, Mexico, several islands in the Caribbean, and here in British Columbia. 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 published in a variety of magazines and websites, including a regular monthly feature for Scubadiving Magazine for several years. All links to this work can be found in this blog.
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