My slug in Water seekers

  Between Two Journeys

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She is in the last Water seekers ! On two columns, at the top of the page, this is my slug. A sea slug photographed this summer in Sipadan, in Malaysia (Borneo). Anthony Leydet, a specialist in marine biology, devotes a passionate article to these charming critters in the November issue.



These beasts, I've also consecrated them many ticketsThere are so many different species, with various colors and patterns, that sea slugs are often the favorite "macro" subject of underwater photographers.

Thanks to Anthony, I learned that these small animals are not all "nudibranchs" as I thought. In fact, they are divided in two groups: tectibranchs (with internal shell) and nudibranchs (with naked gills, that is this little tuft that decorates the back of the body).

What it doesn't teach me, however, is that "slug hunting" can turn into an obsession... 😆

Anthony and I don't know each other "in real life", but we almost met this summer on the island of Perhentian Besar, in Peninsular Malaysia, where we went to the same dive center, Watercolors. A few days apart, we marveled at the same underwater world, with the same love for wrecks Sugar Wreck and Fish Haven (aka "Secret Wreck" for the latter, but not so secret anymore, it seems).

We talked a lot and exchanged our respective impressions, on the web, over my tickets published live from the Perhentian Islands ...

So when he asked me a few weeks ago if he could use one of my images to illustrate his article in Water seekersI was only too happy to send it to her 😀

Researchers of water n ° 23The diving magazine is a free monthly magazine, produced by a team of enthusiasts. It has a circulation of 20,000 copies, which can be found in hard copy in 170 outlets in France, usually associations, shows and shops dedicated to underwater activities.

I invite you to discover this issue of 23 Water seekers (November 2009) in its PDF version also available for free download by following this link :
"Water seekers n°23

On the web, the magazine comes in three forms, with a download site, a blog and a Facebook group:
"Water seekers: download back issues
→ Water seekers: the site
"Facebook - Water Seekers

Finally, for the marine biology and underwater bubbles enthusiasts, you must visit Anthony's website and blog:
"Ze Sea / Ze Blog


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  1. Hi Corinne, very pretty your picture of the slug taken in Malaysia!!! But apparently they're mostly found in Sipadan, because I don't know about you, but in the Perhentians we haven't seen many 🙁 yet it's not for lack of looking!!!! When I think we're going to have to go to Sipadan 😀 Otherwise, in all objectivity of course, I find Anthony Leydet's site simply brilliant 😉

  2. Ta Doris is superb. Congratulations, Corinne!
    Thanks for the links with Anthony Leydet and Water seekers. I knew it on paper. Now I can look it up online! 😉

    In Morbihan, we - now the Sémaphore association - are continuing the fight against the dumping of contaminated silt from the Port of La Trinité-sur-Mer on the site (maximum depth 18m) between the islands of Houat and Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys. Ouest-France talk about it, of course. The whole file is on the blog:
    Thank you for supporting our upcoming actions and protests.

  3. Superb photo! I love the sharpness and the way the nudibranchs stand out!
    And as a huge slug lover (I found new ones I'd never seen before in Raja Ampat!), I support you in this wonderful obsession 😀

  4. Hi Corinne!
    Bravo again with your slug, I really loved it. Especially considering you're using a simple little camera! Well, I understand that may change... 🙄
    And many thanks for your article. Yes, we just missed each other on the other side of the planet, in this beautiful place whose atmosphere I still miss incredibly.
    I'll be at the Diving Salon in Paris in January, with new articles and new projects ... maybe you'll be there?
    See you soon, and again Inch'Allah for your contests! 😉

  5. @Minimouss: What objectivity... 😆 Otherwise, I just rejected a look at my Perhentian photos stored on my hard drive. Verdict: there's nudi! Maybe not as many species as in Sipadan-Mabul, but there are some, I assure you... 🙄

    @Siratus: Ah, thanks for the little name of the bug! As for the contaminated silt issue, I'm sure that the people who pass by this blog will be sensitive to it, as many of them are lovers of nature and the underwater world.

    @Manta: One day, you'll see, we'll come face to face underwater over the same slug... 😀

    @Anthony: I'm planning to invest in a box worthy of the name soon. But I'm a long way from having the budget for the right sub-housing and all the rest... I'll have to wait a little longer, and equip myself little by little. As for the Salon de la plongée, I don't know if I'll get the chance to go, but I'll let you know if I do! Finally, as far as the competition is concerned, I doubt I'll "win", given my modest audience compared with that of the other blogs in the running. But in the end, I don't really care. The most important thing is that I continue to enjoy blogging and chatting here with my "visitors"... 😉

  6. Wait, if you don't win the contest with my click, I'll let you go! No way! 👿

    Well, your nudibranch is very pretty! I'd like to take this opportunity to make a confession: I passed my PADI exam a few weeks ago! I haven't mentioned it on the blog yet, as I'm in the middle of my China series... but in any case, I made my first little underwater bubbles, which was all new to me... I'll certainly have the opportunity to dive again, I really enjoyed it!!! and I think that learning in the waters of South-East Asia (in my case, on a small island off Tioman in Malaysia), there's nothing worse... 8)

  7. @Thib: Many thanks for the vote. But, you know, I doubt I'll win the click race... my audience isn't the same as the blogs hosted by the big news sites!
    Well done on your first bubbles, plus being in Singapore, you'll have the opportunity to dive back into lots of fantastic places easily accessible to you. Tioman, I liked it, and as you say, there's worse to come 😉

  8. Very nice your little slug !!
    I don't know if, like Thib, I'll ever get past the first few bubbles...besides, with your "little bubbles", it's as if I were there too...so...I just dive into your blog, and it's a delight!! BIZ!!

  9. Corinne
    We, too, succumbed to the charms of nudibranchs, flatworms, flabellates and other little critters. We'd never done macro dives before, but we've caught the bug. Before putting our few "modest" photos online, we're going to buy a nudibranch atlas, take a close look at other people's sites (yours, of course, and Mantaleau's) and try to list and name them... There's a first time for everything! We'll update you soon on our 3 weeks in Papua. Our 3-month journey comes to an end in less than a week...
    Isabelle and Marco

  10. @ Marie-Julie: Merciiiiii !!!! 😀

    @isaetmarco: What a beautiful journey yours is!!! There are so many and so many nudibranchs, and I have such a "collection" of them in my hard drive, that I gave up long ago on listing and naming them all. There are several very good books on the subject. On the other hand, as I have a rather visual memory, I remember very well the ones I've "already seen" and I'm always overexcited when I come across a "new" one. It was in the Philippines, near Dumaguete, that I discovered the most "new" species. Enjoy the rest of your trip 😉

  11. Hello Corinne,

    Not to put any pressure on you, but a lot of us are probably looking forward to your next article 😉 ...

    Facebook isn't enough ... I need a fix!!! 🙂

    Thank you in advance

  12. @Will: Yes, you're right, you have to put pressure on me!!!! 😈
    The thing is, I've just been through a very busy period, work-wise... And I'm back at it again this weekend. I started a draft of a post on Derawan, which, alas, is still pending. Patience, patience, it will come!!!

  13. comment je suis arrivé ici c'est un peu long enfin c'est une webstory...ça fait du bien ton blog dans le crachin rennais. And yes, I'm from Rennes too 😉

    A +

  14. @ Berangere: Chic, a new Rennaise who passes by here! If you've landed on my blog, it's a webstory with a happy ending !!! Welcome to my Petites Bulles d'Ailleurs, and enjoy the ride.