We Nudi Nuts have developed quite a process on how we are going to compile the overall number of nudis. We’re on a mission to identify more than Session 1!
We are hearing two presentations a day. This morning’s presentation was by Mike Bartick about what we going to see here.
After lunch, Dave gave a presentation about tectonic plates and many divers fell asleep. I guess we all have a one track mind for nudis.
Today Indra and her husband arrived as well as Craig, a grad student for Angel Valdes studying nudibranchs.
There were amazing coconut cupcakes at lunch. I want to be able to buy these at home, they are soooo good.
The diving here is great. Although we do four dives a day, I only have to get ready two times a day because we take two tanks on the boat and hit two sites before coming back to the resort.
My Sea & Sea strobes are not doing what they are supposed to. L
First of all, I don’t have enough power to light up the subjects like I want. It is all too dark. I can set the F-stop lower, but that also alters the image/depth of field.
Second of all, one strobe flooded (the one which has never flooded before) and even though I replaced the batteries between the third and fourth dive, I had no power. The light turned on at the resort, but as soon as we got down there was no red “on” light and no strobe flash. Grrr!
I did do the whole dive though and tried my best to take pictures with just my Sola light. We’ll see how they turn out.
Only Lindz and I went on the night dive. Bree had a reverse block on her third dive and Ron had some camera issues and sat out.
Lindz showed me this super cool jeweled anemone. I’d never seen it before and it actually looks like there are many nudibranchs crawling up the stalk.
Lindz had a problem with her arm for her spotter light and I lent her a joint so the arm would work.
I felt really dizzy after my shower at the end of the day and had a spell at dinner. I’m not sure what that was about.
Kevin was so nice, saving the day once again. He helped me get both strobes back in working order – and brought me a glass of water when I felt dizzy.
I turned in early, but then jetlag got the best of me and I woke up around 2am and started working photos again.
Here are the new things I saw:
28 - Chelidonura amoena
29 - Thecacera picta
These two are mating
30 - Unknown (yellow aeolid, maybe Cuthona sp. 36)
I know, horrible shot.
31 - Aegires villosus
33 - Trapania vitta
34 - Dermatobranchus funiculus
35 - Aegires sp. 7
36 - Pteraeolidia semperi
37 - Favorinus tsuruganus
38 - Hypselodoris bollandi
39 - Doriprismatica stellata
40 - Hypselodoris bullockii
41 - Sagaminopteron psychedelicum
42 - Hypselodoris whitei
43 - Trapania aurata
44 - Mexichromis pusilla
45 - Cadlinella ornatissima
46 - Pleurobranchus grandis
47 - Flabellina sp. (maroon rhinophores, nipple like cerata with red spots at the base, mottled white/yellow body)
48 - Goniobranchus hintuanensis
49 - Phyllodesmium undulatum
50 - Tambja morosa
51 - Phyllodesmium jakobsenae
52 - Dendrodoris denisoni
53 - Ceratosoma tenue
54 - Discodoris boholensis
55 - Hypselodoris sp. 10
56 - “Taringa” halgerda
57 - Tritonia sp. 4
58 - Dermatobranchus cf kalyptos
59 - Elysia sp. 2
60 - Miamira miamirana
61 - Goniobranchus fidelis
62 - Chromodoris colemani
63 - Nembrotha kubaryana
64 - Pleurobranchus martensi
64 nudis in TWO DAYS!!! That's incredible.