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Frosted Nudibranch

Dirona albolineata

Description:

These beautiful "slugs of the sea" are my favorite creature to find. They tend to be much smaller than the picture suggests.

Habitat:

Usually on rocks, eel grass, mud. Depth range 20 ft-60 ft.

Notes:

Feeds on small snails such as Margarites pupillus and Lacuna carinatus by cracking the shells with its jaws. Also feeds on sea anemones, hydroids, tunicates, and bryozoans. Their egg mass contains about 350,000 eggs.

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24 Comments

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 5 years ago

Stunning! Nice found!

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Thanks everyone!

Pedro Beirão
Pedro Beirão 5 years ago

Marvelous!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Beautiful!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 5 years ago

Its beautiful :)

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Thank you all. I spend most of my time diving, admiring these.

staccyh
staccyh 5 years ago

wow, absolutely beautiful!!

jamiewgoodspeed
jamiewgoodspeed 5 years ago

never seen anything like it! :)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

:O :O :O :O :O SPEECHLESS>>>its a fantastic creature/photo

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Eliza, the last picture is most accurate. At that depth, certain colors go away and depending on visibility and light it can look a different color. As you can see the "tips" that are facing the camera have a hint of yellow, the ones that have a side view are just white.

elizaroman92
elizaroman92 5 years ago

is this there real beautiful color like the sea mist foam green? Enigma

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Thanks guys! Sergio, congrats on your 3,500!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 5 years ago

Little cuties! :)) Beautiful photos!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Amazing creature and photos.

intrinsic3141
intrinsic3141 5 years ago

Almost surreal.

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Thank you Karen and Lauren. These are my favorite creatures to find when I do dive (except Harbor seals, they are too playful)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Gorgeous!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Wow!

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

They vary in adult size from 20 to 600 mm (0.79 to 24 in). When diving, due to bending light, they sometimes seem as big as a football! Then you put your hand near it and realizes it's not bigger than a penny!

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 5 years ago

Nifty! How big are they?

Arya
Spotted by
Arya

Edmonds, Washington, USA

Lat: 47.81, Long: -122.38

Spotted on Nov 9, 2013
Submitted on Nov 11, 2013

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