Appreciating what you see underwater..

Beautiful snails of the sea ! The uninitiated diver may swim past them without noticing but a sharp and keen eye of most seasoned divers may produce rewarding sightings of these small critters,among the most colorful creatures to look at if spotted ..

Pikachu..cute nudi

Spanish shawl

Pretty to look at ,the spiky tips are venomous so fishes stay clear

Ribbon like trail are what their eggs look like

These are the more comomnly sighted variety,with the cauliflower like tail sticking out.

Blue dragon,some looks like a centipede..

Hard skin variety,most common type and more easily sighted if looking.

Nudibranch...(pronounced nudi bran sher) french word simply meaning nude or naked gills. A snail without a shell..Among the most colorful and eye catching creatures you can encounter while diving..! Variety of these critters is mind boggling,all with their own distinctive patterns..beautiful to look at..thousands of varieties and still discovering more..
Mother Nature has quaint way of designing her critters to protect themselves..In the case of Nudis ,the reason for being so strikingly colorful is simply of the fact of "in your face " advertising! Striking colors are to show potential predators to stay clear and forget about considering them as a 'snack'coz they are poisonous .
they mainly graze on hydroids and algae surfaces of boulders on where they are commonly seen. Hydroids are relation to Jellyfishes with stinging venomous properties,which the Nudis ingest and adapt into their bodies. And they warn off all creatures of this fact with their colors.!
The last 2 arent snails but marine worms,Flatworms..! strangely enough,they adopt the striking colors to hope to be mistaken for nudibranch,thus predators may avoid from eating them,but doesnt always work , worms are a favourite snack of fishes and most arent venomous..

Thanks a lot..enjoy the pics and hope you may be enlightened..!
Drop me a line if any queries,love to share what i know from a combined 20 years of diving and instructing..Seriously!


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