Ocean Art 2023 - Honorable Mention Compact Behavior

Honorable Mention Compact Behavior

Andrea Michelutti

"Circle of life"



Andrea Michelutti won a dive cruise on the S.M.Y. Ondina with the winner's location of choice and 50% off for their companion!


The Story: 

I found this Favorinus tsuruganus, along with its eggs, on the egg ribbon of the Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus). This image captures a stark contrast between nature’s beauty and its harsh realities. The bright colors and intricate designs of the nudibranchs are captivating, but they hide a harsh reality. The nudibranch in the foreground is feeding of the eggs of another of its kind: the ribbon of purple eggs laid by the Spanish dancer fell prey to the Favorinus tsuruganus, which also deposited its white eggs on top.

This scene illustrates intraspecific predation, a phenomenon where an animal consumes another of its own species, typically targeting the eggs or the young. Shooting this image required a great deal of patience, as the  constant movement of the purple eggs, caused by the undertow, obscured the nudibranch and its eggs. After some attempts, I succeeded in capturing this vivid portrayal of the ‘circle of life”.


Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

Equipment Used: 

Camera Settings: 

  • Aperture: F11
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
  • ISO: 100



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