I got up early and did a time lapse of the sunrise. Then I also did a couple of panoramics with my iPhone. Check out the waves. Because it takes a few seconds to take a panoramic photo, the waves look like they are crashing against each other!
I saw many cool things today which don't necessarily qualify as new nudis. Although I'm straying from the primary purpose of this blog, I just think they are cool.
On the first dive, I found a mimic octopus and took TONS of pictures. They are really neat.
Two Hypselodoris tryoni next to each other – one with purple spots, the other with maroon spots!
Today I did a time lapse to have my Go Pro take a picture every 60 seconds on one of my dives! I combined that with the actual images I took to put together the whole experience.
I love this surface interval picture of Ali poolside... still in her wetsuit... and cross-stitching.
At “high tea”, Bernard walked us through one of the scientific research papers about nudibranchs. The first one was why Jorunna and Kentrodoris should actually be under the same genus. It focused mostly on the similarities in the penis “it is unarmed”! and there are hooks in the vagina. HOOKS!!!
Bernard Picton is quite an expert in this field. He was once interviewed by the Today Show when all that news hit about the researchers finding out that a certain nudibranch could lose its penis and then regrow a new one. I’ve go to find that video clip!
He was also contacted last night to be interviewed by a program about Opistiobranchs. Crazy.
Here are the new nudibranchs I saw today:
259 - Tambja sp. 4
260 - Kaloplocamus sp. 5
261 - Goniodoridella sp. 6
262 - Elysia sp. 33
263 - Plocamopherus ceylonicus
264 - Unknown (see through aeolid with white lines in oral tentacles, pink and white tipped cerata and only one brownish rhinophore)
265 - Baeolidia moebii
266 - Goniobranchus hintuanensis
Notice the crazy split rhinophore!
267 - Flabellina angelvaldesi
268 - Philinopsis gardineri
269 - Goniobranchus sp. 45
270 - Cratena simba
271 - Noumea sp. 1
272 - Philine rubrata
273 - Eubranchus sp. 7
274 - Eubranchus sp. (little tiny white one)
275 - Unknown (cuthona or godiva? white with orange cerata purple rings and white tips, orange tipped rhinophores and white oral tentacles)
276 - Goniobranchus rufomaculatus
277 - Unknown (maybe Cuthona? pink head, white body, maroon cerata with white tips clear rhinophores with orange rings and white tips)
278 - Okenia brunneomaculata
279 - Polycera sp. 4
280 - Cuthona sp. 20
281 - Aplysia sp. (with lines and hot pink spots)
282 - Unknown (little white one with clear rhinophores and oral tentacles with white spots)
283 - Unknown (clear with some white in it and orange bands on rhinophores and oral tentacles)
284 - Elysia marginata
285 - Sclerodoris tuberculata
286 - Paradoris sp. 2
287 - Unknown (beautiful "loveslugs" white body with pink cerata and it looks like someone painted abstract roses on the top of each)
288 - Phestilla lugubris
289 - Elysia obtusa