Cape Town Nudibranch finds


Cape Town Nudibranch finds

Cape Town Nudibranch finds on our nudibranch hunting trips can provide some nice critters to photograph.

But to find most of them you would need to go very slow. A very good idea is too dive often as well. This will ensure that your sighting possibilities will increase, hopefully.

Dive Inn Cape Town also offer Specialised Nudibranch hunting scuba dives. So book us and we can try and show you the small stuff that you miss. You can check most of our photos out on FaceBook or Instagram.

At the moment we are still able to get between 10 and 20 different species of Nudibranchs per dive. Nudibranchs is also known as sea slugs but we will not go to deep into the different species of slugs which can be found all over.

As in previous blogs we did mention about over 80 different species we can find in Cape Town waters. However every now and then a species pop out we do not know. Like the Opera house, which have been seen every now and then. We were lucky to have spotted one in January last.

A new species we have been seeing is not named yet. But for now we just call it an Orange Corambe sp.

Cape Town Nudibranch finds

Unknown

Hopefully in the near future we have it described by a scientist. It is orange, quite small and live on Bryozoans or that’s here we have been spotting them. (chaperia spp)

 

Then of course we find Nudibranchs which have not been seen in a long long time.

We had some great Eubranchus and Doto’s in Cape Town Nudibranch finds. It is a shame that most of these unusual finds are so small. This probably is good in a way as then we can find them on a nudibranch hunting trip.

Cape Town Nudibranch finds

I still believe lots of the nudibranchs are seasonal. DO not ask me what happens to them after the eggs are laid and the eggs are disappearing? This year we had lots of White lined and Giraffe spots at one sight. 2-3 Years back the Shrek Nudibranchs were seen at our training site and not since then again.

Cape Town Nudibranch finds

Pale Gasflame

Then we have the different colour variations of the orange dorids from site to site. At my favourite False Bay site I have spotted a pale Gas flame (Bonisa nakaza) on the 2nd of January. It has been growing and 5 months down the line I still it on the same rock but much bigger.

So in short keep diving keep on looking out for different things and keep photographing them. I have taken some photograph some nudibranchs and later on the bigger screen noticed it is something different.

Good luck and keep on finding rare and stunning Nudibranchs. And if you are lucky you can even get Cape Town Nudibranch finds for yourself.

 

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