Sunday, February 13, 2011

I've died and gone to Nudi Heaven.

I am now at SCUBA Seraya.  It is amazing here.  For the first night/day, I am the only guest and diver.
I was here in 2006 and they have made many changes.  Patrick, a Swiss ex-Pat runs the place and has added quite a bit.  There is a cool outdoor lounge area to hang out and talk about your dives.  There are nooks and crannies everywhere and a beautiful spa like pool.  And there are four new sunchairs (although when I went to check them out, I was attacked by red ants).  They also purchased a brand new yellow boat.  I was the first guest to ride in it.
As for the diving and nudibranchs, my count has gone up dramatically!  Woo Hoo!
Hold on for this wild ride…
18 - Risbecia tryoni
We call this one the pizza nudibranch.  Sorta resembles a pepperoni pizza.  They are often known to “tail” each other.  It is unknown if this a courting behavior or not.
19 – Nembrotha cristata
20 – Doto sp. 9
My dive guide called this one the Donut Nudi.  I cannot seem to find it in the book at all.  I think it is a Dodo of some kind.  I definitely need help identifying this one!
Neville Coleman said it is a Doto.
Jayne said it is an sp. 9.
So, there you go!
21 – Chromodoris collingwoodi

22 – Bornella stellifer
Notice the little "whiskers" up front.
23 – Hypselodoris sp. 2
Look at the detail on the gills!  That is just amazing to me.  Originally, I thought this was a Hypselodoris infucata, but Jayne set me straight.
24 – Mexichromis multituberculata 
This one looks like candy if you ask me.
25 – Flabellina bicolor 

26 – Chromodoris hintantuensis

27 – Platydoris formosa
Orginally I thought this was a Platydoris formosa but Jayne corrected me and said it is a Platydoris sanguinea.

28 – Hoplodoris estreyado
The texture and the patterns on them were amazing.  These two were canoodling but not mating.
I am soooooooooooooooo happy!  11 new nudis in one day and four dives!  That’s awesome.
In addition to all these nudis, there are also tons of photogenic critters.  I’ll try to post those on Facebook soon.
The only sad part about this place is that there is not much interaction as on a liveaboard or a destination resort like Wakatobi.  I have to substitute by reading and writing.

1 comment:

  1. I love your photos! Next best thing to being there. :-)