Hypselodoris californiensis

Photo courtesy of Andy Sallmon
Photo taken at Seafan Grotto, Catalina Island

Hypselodoris californiensis Berg, 1879

The subject of this week's BOW is by no means a newcomer to the Slug Site but one subject that remains somewhat elusive to actually see. For background information on Hypselodoris californiensis , please revisit BOWS 255 . 358 and 525 . During the years I was diving the channel islands with the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society, I only saw it once at Santa Barbara Island and then (alas) I was out of film (dating myself somewhat). Catalina Island seems to be the place you want to go if you have any intention to photograph this elusive slug. Boy, would I love to capture it in HDV video! Sounds like a good excuse to camp out on Catalina for a few days when opportunity permits.

Thanks again Andy for sharing the wonderful image and reminding all of us that Hypselodoris californiensis is alive and well in Catalina waters!

Michael Miller
San Diego, Californian
Mar., 2007

Andy Sallmon

About the Photographer

Andrew Sallmon is a freelance underwater and nature photographer who specializes in images of marine life and the marine environment. His love of the sea came at the early age of 5 when his father first swam him through the surf of coastal California. He took up Scuba diving in 1979 and became a Scuba Instructor by the end of 1980. Picking up his first underwater camera that same year, he is now one of the fortunate few that earn a living as an underwater photographer. Along with his skill as an underwater cameraman he is well known for his digital imaging and underwater photography workshops, seminars and classes.

His images and articles have been featured in dozens of diving, science and natural history related magazines and books, and published in numerous marine life calendars, greeting cards and posters.

Andrew performs location assignment shoots for commercial clients, traveling worldwide, and provides stock photography. His artwork is being used in permanent displays at both the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Smithsonian Institute. Various aquariums and natural history museums throughout the U.S also display his work.

Please visit his website at www.seait.com for more information.

Send Andy email at andy@seait.com

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
March 2005

Ali Hermosillo and Dave Behrens

Author: Pacific Coast Nudibranchs and Nudibranch Behavior
Co-Author Coral Reef Animals of the Indo Pacific
Proprietor of Sea Challengers Natural History Books

Send Dave mail at dave@seachallengers.com

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