Photographer's Note

This is a nudibranch, a sea slug. The name stems from the open (branch like) gills near the tail end. They are probably the most beautiful creatures in the ocean! There are over 3000 species worldwide- they're fascinating, easy to follow once found, and make great photography subjects. They don't bite you, emit a foul odor, sneak up behind you, or otherwise ruin your day. They don't make good pets so they're not over-collected by divers, but they are rare enough to command your attention when seen. When you see a variety you haven't seen you never know if it's one that has been taxonomically classified and given a species name, or one that nobody has had the opportunity to classify (another good reason to take a photograph!)

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