Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

Nudibranch Festival

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  Borneo [Malaysia and Indonesia] - July 2009

I am part of this category of divers who can spend long minutes rushing on a nudibranch. These delicate sea slugs abound in Mabul and Sipadan.

Called this way because of their gills, which are bare (it is the species of small forelock in the back of the body), the nudibranchs are the joy of the macro photographers.

Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

The smallest nudis measure a few millimeters. The largest can reach ten centimeters.

Below, the hand of Kayo, one of the guides at Billabong Scuba, to give you an idea of the size of the fleshiest. During our last dive together in Mabul, she kept finding new slugs, placed on dead coral debris, and bringing them to me when I was busy immortalizing others.

Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

When I spot one of these tiny creatures, I can not help flashing it from every angle, trying to capture every detail of their dress, whether it's adorned with ruffles, dread-locks or pustules , depending on the species.

Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.


Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

Nudibranch. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

And then, there are also these other critters that are the flatworms.

They are often confused with nudis, as they like to display a dress with delicate and colorful patterns to ward off their predators. They are more difficult to grasp than nudibranchs. Thinner, more mobile, smaller.

Flat worm. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

Flat worm. Similan Island, Malaysia. July 2009.

A festival, I tell you!

😀

  Borneo [Malaysia and Indonesia] - July 2009

  1. How beautiful it looks like creatures from space. What are these beasts eating? What is their role in the ecosystem?
    I can not believe there are so many different species and colors.

  2. awesome 😀 I will spend hours watching them, thank you for these beautiful pictures ❗
    💡 To answer Rolk, nudibranchs mainly eat sponges, ascidians, bryozoans ..

  3. @ Helen @Manta @Malene: Oh, I knew you'd like it ... And I must say that I'm delighted to find my favorite nudist fans, gathered here, under this post. (It's confirmed: it's a "girls thing", the nudists!)
    🙄

    @RolK: Hello Carole! I am glad that the nudis tickle you too. That's the hallucinating thing about these critters: there are thousands of different species. I am all exhilarated when I come across a small slug unprecedented, which I have never seen, that is to say ... As for your questions about their manners, Laurence has happily come to bring his two cents.
    😉

    @Laurence: Thanks for these indications !!! I admit that I would have been hard pressed to answer so precisely.
    🙂

  4. 😮 It's shocking so much sexism !!! I proclaim it loud and clear: i love nudibranchs 😆 And my girlfriend is the same! Ah yes ... normal, it's a girl ... Unfortunately, I have not seen as much as I would have thought of the Perhentians, only 3 species of Phyllidia, including Phyllidia shirinae ... the one next to the hand of Kayo.
    Good, great your photos Corinne! I really like the first one.
    See you soon 😉

  5. Seeking themes for wordpress, I came across this site, and what happiness!
    Me same diver (incidentally it is one of the son of my site) I remained in ecstasy in front of all these beautiful pictures. How simple little critters like it can be so colorful and different ❗ ❓ ❓ ❗

    Not having the chance to do the dive spots around the world, your blog delights my eyes dry ... before the wet I hope.

  6. @Anthony: Chic, finally a boy who reacts! It's not too early!!!
    😛

    @Corinne: Here, another Corinne! Thank you for your note, and if you want, you can take your card to the nudist fan club with the others ...
    😆

    @ Marie-Julie: Oh, there, the nudists, there's no need to say, it embellishes life!
    😉

    @Bizut: "In ecstasy" ... Oh there, I feel a new potential member for our future nudis fan-club !!!
    🙂

  7. Hello Corinne ...
    ... or dear colleague, if I may, because I also work for Ouest France (publihebdos) as a PAO advertising artist.
    It's been quite a while since I discovered your blog which is one of my favorites and that I referenced in my own blog. I do not have the chance to discover the seabed like you (medical reasons), I'm content with landscapes and a little snorkeling (and it's already not bad!) But I travel through the photos of dives of my husband, whom I sort and retouch afterwards. My only regret is that it's hard to get into the macro. How many times have I not tanned him so that he finds me nudibranchs, seahorses and other small critters but in vain & #8230; Here I am filled with your beautiful pictures! Thank you very much and good luck!
    Kti 😉
    Ktidreamblog.wordpress.com

  8. @Kti: Many thanks, Kti !!! Between colleagues, you can even get to know each other, right? I will go from this not browse your blog! Count on me to continue to flash the strange little beasts that populate the seabed ... The underwater macro, and nudibranchs in particular, I love!
    🙂

  9. So go flashy flash! Hoping that it trigger a click at my husband, especially that he is very patient under the water is amazing that he loves only sharks and other nasty big beasts. The macro must be a girl thing ... Besides the nudibranchs it reminds me of the dresses of Spanish dancers!
    Friends - Kti 🙂

  10. @Kti: The nudis, it's exciting. Do not say it's a girl thing, there's Anthony (see above) who will protest.
    Moreover, compared to your remark, there is a flat worm (it is not a nudi, unless I'm mistaken on my part) that we call "Spanish dancer" because when he swims, he waves like flying an Andalusian dress. Not yet managed to "flash" this little beast!
    In any case, I will post new images "macro" in the coming days, you will link the link to your husband ...
    😀

    (Otherwise, in the meantime, you can click on the "nudibranch" tag in the "Browse by Keywords" section in the right column.)
    😉

  11. Ouh there as much for me! dsl for Anthony, I did not see him. In fact what I meant by that is that women might be more receptive to the harmony of colors and shapes of nudists given their natural inclination more or less pronounced for frills and makeup. Besides, my husband hates to accompany me in the clothes shops! On the other hand I think that in the photos he made in Egypt he flashed a Spanish dancer.
    Have a good weekend - see you next time

  12. Girls prefer nudibranchs and boys big sharks ????
    Not so sure ... they like little fleas ... appreciate what's small and cute too ... 😉

    The beautiful Spanish dancer is in the family of nudibranchs, although I too think her dance resembles that of the flat worm swimming gracefully.
    The Spanish dancer is more exactly a "hexabranchus", variety "sanguineus"

  13. Nudibranch fan too ... 8)
    I enjoy your articles and photos. The beautiful slug of blue sea, I've never met.
    On the other hand, during one and the same night dive, I followed 3 "Spanish dancers" (Hexabranchus sanguineus) plump and gills toupet well stocked on the back, the largest of which measured 32cm!
    (his head is here: »Hexabranchus Sanguineus).
    Nice Sunday in Rennes, Corinne. True, it is not very hot! 😉

  14. @Kti: Hmm. Let's be wary of generalizations. I know boys who are very sensitive to colors, who like to shop clothes, and appreciate the delicacy of nudibranchs ... Thank you for the link to the photo. It looks like a Spanish dancer, but I can not confirm you, since I have never seen the beautiful with my own eyes.
    🙂

    @Manta: Fortunately you're here to rectify my mistakes. The Spanish dancer is therefore a nudibranch! Confusion on my part due to erroneous explanations that I had to hear and that I repeat stupidly, but mostly because I've never seen it before with my own eyes ...
    Finally, I'm a girl and I like big sharks too!
    😉

    @Siratus: Super, thank you for the link to the photo (there was a small bug in the address, I reformatted it cleanly). Me, it is the Spanish dancer that I have not yet had the chance to admire. But it will come!
    The sun is still back to Rennes for the weekend ... it's not the heat, but it's better than before, it looks a bit more like summer!
    😀

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