Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Nudibranches and quirks in Maumere

  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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I take you back to the east of Flores, in Indonesia, for a special sequence "nudibranchs". In the bay of MaumereThese small sea slugs abound. I discovered there species that I had never met before!

The classics

To start, a small series of nudibranchs relatively common in the Asia-Pacific area. I don't know all of them by their scientific name (I should take the time to look for them in the identification books), but I really enjoy shooting them underwater.

Here is a first bouquet, colorful, bristly or pustular, depending on the species.

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Small rarities

I also had the opportunity to meet rare slugs. Not new, but they are rarities, compared to those above.

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Unpublished and unknown

Finally, the height of excitement for macro divers, like me: finding an unknown nudibranch! This is something new, something never seen before, as far as I am concerned. If some of you have already met these creatures and even know their name, do not hesitate to let me know.

There is this one, which, although quite large and fleshy, in the 4-5 centimeters long, is rather difficult to spot on the gray-brown sand, from which it barely stands out:

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

The little pink and pale green thing with spots, below, must be less than 5 millimeters long. I had a hard time getting a vaguely drinkable picture, where you can distinguish something:

Nudibranch. Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Well, the thing below. Maybe 4-5 centimeters, too. A small gelatinous and translucent heap, armed with two whips bristling with filaments on its back, which seem to be used to move (and probably to feed?). We can only see the dark red borders of the dress under the light of the flash. My guide explained to me that it was not a nudibranch, that it was rather like a "jelly fish", a jellyfish... Quite an oddity of nature, in any case. I put two pictures of it so that you can better appreciate the beast...

But what is it ? Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

But what is it ? Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.


  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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  1. @Eric: Thanks for your note! We'll have to wait another week for the next post... I'm off on a diving cruise in Komodo Park. No internet on the boat!

  2. A real festival of nudibranchs, and in addition full of novelties !!
    I love it 😀 ❗
    I haven't found a name for your unknowns yet, but I'm looking.....

  3. 💡 and one, well, I think 😕 Pink and green I'd say the psychadelic slug - Sagaminopteron psychedelicum.
    Last, I would say a discodoris maybe Discodoris boholiensis?
    The translucent, there is Melibe japonica, but what makes you doubt it is the size of the bug! 😯
    The 1st, I think that given the shape, we must look in the dories ...

    Does anyone have an opinion on the subject? 🙄

  4. @Laurence: Wow, you're too strong !!!
    Yes, for the pink and green, that's it, no doubt about it:

    For the last one, no, it's not a discodoris (I've seen them before). Besides, I don't think it's a nudibranch.

    As for Melibe Japonica, I doubt it... I don't think that's what it is.

    A thousand thanks, anyway !!!!

  5. Hello,

    For the translucent: Melibe viridis
    For the last one: flatworm? There's nothing (rhinophores or gills) to tell us it's a nudibranch.

    For the other two: no info

    That's 8)

  6. What's really funny is when you first discover these little creatures via macro photography... It looks enormous! Then diving is another experience. As my dives progressed, I really began to scan the rocks for them.
    Very nice shots 🙂


  7. @ Toffe25: Yep, thanks!!! It must be the Melibe Viridis, indeed, I searched a bit on the internet. For the last one, indeed, it's not a nudi, that's the only thing I'm sure of...

    @Statik: Oh, but how nice of you to stop by and even put in a little note!!!! Soon on vacation, you too, I hope!!!!

    @NowMadNow: I have to say, once you start taking underwater photos, you quickly get the hang of them. Non-divers don't realize it, but it takes an eagle eye to spot these sometimes tiny creatures. With practice, I'm getting better at spotting them. But nothing beats a guide who knows the site inside out to help you unearth them... Thanks for the compliment and happy bubbles to you too!!!!

  8. Hi Corinne, are you back from your cruise?
    there's a great way to identify the strange creatures we meet underwater: the FFESSM DORIS website.
    You post your photo on the mystery photo forum and there are plenty of experts to give you answers 😉
    Have you come across any other strange things on your recent dives ❓

  9. @Laurence: Yes, the Komodo cruise is over! I'm still in Bali for a few days. I encountered fewer strange things in Komodo, but a whole bunch of big friendly beasts instead, mantas and sharks, among others... 😉
    I will follow your advice, and go to submit the beasts not trivial on the site that you indicate.
    I'm going to redo some muck-dives, here, enough to find, no doubt, little amazing things ...

  10. I wanted to move on to something other than Asia, but reading your posts, all I can think of is going back... well, that'll be after Madagascar!
    You did well to take advantage of the low prices Air Asia valid for those who get up early, a little like to see the crater lakes at sunrise before the clouds cover the volcanoes.
    How much did the Komodo-Bali diving cruise cost you?
    Here in France in July, with its lousy weather, I envy you very much. Yesterday in the RER I met a nice girl (mixed Laotian/Vietnamese and French), and we talked about Bali, the beautiful and unique Indonesian island where I spent my most zen and serene vacation! @+

  11. @Lise: Madagascar, that should be fantastic too!!! 🙂
    I didn't take a Komodo-Bali cruise, but flew to Flores from Bali. I first spent some time in Maumere, where I dived and photographed, among other things, the little creatures mentioned above. Then I crossed Flores from east to west to visit the island.
    Then, once in Labuan Bajo, I took a 5N/6D cruise on the Pascha, in the Komodo National Park, with a dozen dives. This cruise cost me 800 euros. UPDATE : the Komodo Aventure website and the Pascha boat no longer exist...

  12. bjr
    I've just come back from Indonesia where I spent 3 weeks, including one in the Flores Sea on an island near Alor called "la petite Képa".
    I can confirm that for those who love nudibranchs, the tranquility and beauty of Indo, it's the best. I haven't sorted out my photos yet, but it's a work in progress. I'm looking forward to my next trip to Indonesia. If you have any links to good, inexpensive flights, thanks for the info.

  13. @ Marcopolo8356: Hey, hey, you know I almost went to La P'tite Képa, but the duration of my stay was a little too short, so I gave it up for this year. But it's only a postponement: I'm planning to go there in the summer of 2012...
    To find cheap flights, I regularly check the promotions of the various airlines serving a major Asian hub (Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore...), especially the Emirates and Arab airlines, which are often very competitive (Emirates, Qatar, Etihad), and then I usually manage to find a cheap domestic flight on Air Asia or another airline to reach my final destination. I also use the excellent search engine, and then I visit the websites of the airlines I've found there. I talk about it here on this post I had published on my other blog:
    Good sort of photos, and good preparations for the next start!