Hooded Nudibranchs are out in large numbers

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Postby northwestdiverdan » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:21 am

I went on a dive Saturday at Edmonds UW Park (in Puget Sound) with my buddies Andy and Mark. On our return to shore we ran into large numbers of Hooded Nudibranchs Melibe leonina in the eel grass at about 12 feet in depth, north of the Jetty. Its fascinating to watch them as they open their hoods into the current catching small critters that drift their way. Here's some photos--

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this one was free swimming
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all photos were taken with a Nikon D80, f20 1/60, dual Ikelight DS160 strobes.
there are additional photos at http://www.hershmanphoto.com/Underwater-Photography/Pacific-Coast/New-Pacific-Northwest/13263006_KJKM4#995370280_TFQdH
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Postby smb2 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:18 pm

Image #3 is amazing. Looks like some alien nerve cell run a muck.
One could spend the whole dive in 12 feet of water.
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Postby scottg » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:47 pm

thanks for sharing Dan. I agree - #3 looks amazing, we get Melibe's down here in so-cal sometimes but I've never seen them showing internal structure like that.

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