Eubranchus ocellatus (Alder & Hancock, 1864)
Well Christaine has landed another beauty, off the house reef of Villa Markisa. This spectacular animal is identified by the inflated cerata with steeped bands with large brown rings. The rhinophores are smooth. A narrow digestive gland duct can be seen with the transparent cerata. This hydroid eater reaches about 20 mm in length. In addition to Christaine’s house reef in Tulamben, Indonesia, it is known from Tanzania, the Red Sea, the Philippines and New Caledonia.
Enjoy also a short Flash Clip Flash Clip taken by the Webmaster during a visit to Seyara Beach in Jan. 2007.
Camera wise Christiane is shooting a Nikon D-100 in a SeaCam housing with admirable results. She is very adept at finding the very small nudibranchs. What was really amazing was her ability to photograph sea slugs with neutral buoyancy irrespective of the heavy camera weight. Very impressive indeed!
Christiane found the famous critters dive site 'Seraya Secrets' in 2003. She is in the final stages of building her her own resort 'Villa Markisa' just on the beach of Seraya Secrets in 2006 with her business partner Pedro. The resort is expected to open in the very near future!
David W. Behrens
Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
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