Elysia crispata

Model size 6 x 3.5 cm

All images courtesy of Lina Marcela Jiménez

During these stressful times, while we must remain “locked up,” and we feel how distant is the sea, the Colombian marine biologist Lina Marcela Jiménez has taken advantage of the time to learn from her mother how to weave. Together they have made little marine animals from wool. This is a selection of their “babositas,” little slugs! These foudroyant woven “dolls” are a combination of science and art, showing the beauty of sea slugs through the marvelous imagination of Lina and her mother.

Nembrotha kubaryana

8 x 3 cm

Red-tipped Sea Goddess
Chromolaichma sp., Caribbean

7 x 3.5 cm

Chromodoris cf. magnifica

7.5 x 4 cm

Chromodoris cf. lochi

6.4 x 4.5 cm


8 x 3 cm

Lina Marcela Jiménez received her Licenciatura from the Universidad de Antioquia, writing her thesis on the taxonomy and ecology of sea slugs occurring on a Caribbean Colombian island. She earned a Master’s in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, modeling the ecological niches of species of Elysia, based on different scenarios of climatic change. Lina is currently teaching biology in the Depto. de Ingeniería Ambiental at the Universidad de Atioquia, Colombia, pursuing her love of teaching and of the fascinating sea slugs.

            Send Lina email at: marcelaj13@hotmail.com

Lina and Dr. Hans Bertsch at Mérida Airport, October 2019.

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