Pic ‘o the week – technicolor nudibranch


Nudibranch, Papua New Guinea. Photo courtesy Jan Messersmith

Nudibranch, nudibranch, living in the sea.
Bright flashing colors say, ”Don’t eat me!”
–by Erin Nash 

These mollusks without shells live in seas the world over, and come in all colors – even neons. National Geographic provides some quick nudibranch facts:

“There are more than 3,000 known species of nudibranch, and new ones are being identified almost daily. They are found throughout the world’s oceans, but are most abundant in shallow, tropical waters. Their scientific name, Nudibranchia, means naked gills, and describes the feathery gills and horns that most wear on their backs.”

Thanks to Jan Messersmith for this gorgeous photo.

Pic o’ the week – Tomales Bay sea slug

oh, sea slug!
not knowing, not living
straight lines

In the photographer’s words:
“I am totally in love with this slug. So green! So stripey! So big!”

Photo by Ken-Ichi Ueda
Haiku from “Rise, ye sea slugs!”