Well, here I am again, after a very long hiatus from blogging.
Last week I posted a link to a piece I wrote about a trip to the Philippines, which was just published in Scuba Diving Magazine.
I had to pretty ruthlessly curate the many images I captured on the trip, to pare it down to 20 or so underwater shots that I thought fairly represented the highlights of the diving we did. I have many more that I think (hope) are worthy of sharing, and I thought I would start with this, a Nembrotha kurbayana nudibranch.
These green and orange nudibranchs are quite common in the tropical Pacific, and are not very difficult to spot on the reef – the bright orange margins on the rhinosphores (horns) and gills are very distinctive, with the added bonus that these nudibranchs are quite large – typically two to three inches long.
I had some time with this nudibranch as it crawled across the reef, and was fortunate at one point to be able to get a bit below it so I could shoot up into its face. The result is this sort of otherworldly perspective of the thing…
Nudibranchs use their ‘horns’ (rhinosphores) for smelling – food sources, and other nudibranchs with which to mate. They are hermaphrodites, so have both male and female sex organs.