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A pair of colorful Cratena nudibranchs feeding on hydroids of the genus Eudendrium. Photo taken at the dive site La Formica (Casteldaccia_Sicily)_July 2023
Flabellina affinis_July2023
Flabellina affinis_July 2023
(Canon 100,1/200,f20,iso200)
Flabellina affinis. Although I photographed hundreds of them, it is always one of my favourites. She was struggling to hold on to her twig without being swept away by current. A pleasant underwater encounter!_July 2023
I almost always use 100 mm focal. Challenging especially at the beginning but surprising for the sharpness, the mass of colors & the gradualness with which it fades into blur, as for this Cratena of Mediterranean sea.
Beautiful eyes of Mediterranean Hermit crab_2023
Felimare tricolor are quite common in the Mediterranean Sea but difficult to photograph due to their small size. I like the contrast between strong yellow & electric blue that distinguishes this species of nudis_2023
Mediterranean Cratena Peregrina with typical intense orange colored cerata & blue tips_June 2023
(Canon100, 1/200,f18,iso200)
A small,colorful, elegant & sinuous Cratena, tenaciously clinging to a rock, comes towards me resisting the current. I enjoy photographing it looking for the contrast with the intense red of the sponge behind it _2023
During my dives in Goa,sometimes I came across a Flabellina & thought to myself — what an enormous one! And it turned out… it wasn't just 1. It's at times difficult to tell a singular from a mating pair as this photo.
Mediterranean Cratena. With its colorful shades, it looks like the creation of a talented painter_2023
A close up of a bright red Flabellina (with one of the two orange horns which is shorter, surely bitten by some predator), commonly found in the waters surrounding Goa_2023
(Canon100, 1/200,f20,iso200)
I admit it: I like gobies. These amazing little fish when they are illuminated they show off bright colors on their little bodies. An assortment of beautiful metallic blue spots, bright red-orange lines, bars, & others.
Close up photo of an Hermit Crab ( Dardanus arrosor) in its typical protective shell,taken a few meters deep in the Tyrrhenian Sea near Palermo_ June 2023 (Canon60,1/200,f16,iso200)
Another photo of this small creature that roams the rocky terrain of Havelock Is. named Bedford's Flatworm , or Persian rug. It’s beauty is not only in how it looks but also in how it moves. Beautiful evolutions!
Phidiana militaris. These nudis are covered in appendages named cerata which increase surface area for gas exchange and also to display ingested chemicals or for defence. Sophisticated and surprising nature as always!
(Canon100,1/250,f20, iso200)
Microlife on the Andamans reef.Here we see a beautiful Blenny close-up . Abundant and highly biodiverse, these species mature early, produce many offspring and they are a vital food source for other marine creatures.
"Good morning! "seems to say this little goby met at the end of my last dive in the Andamans. I take it as a goodbye and look forward to coming back here very soon_Feb 2023
Cratena nudibranchs, fascinating creatures of Mediterranean sea .This is taken at La Formica dive site, in Sicily_August 2022.
(Canon100, 1/250,f18,iso200)
This is small Hermit crab having very pretty colors on its body. It lives between the surface up to 70 meters deep. Its shell is a matter of survival, to protect its soft abdomen. I took this photo in the sea of Goa_2023
I took this photo one second before this Cratena nudibranch disappeared into the sea grass. I often enjoy waiting for them to emerge from some bush to photograph their big orange eyes!
The u/w world becomes ever more fascinating when you dive slowly, look closely & appreciate the little things. Like this red Flabellina on the wreck off Goa. Here there are many tangled on the wreckage lying a few mt deep.
It has to be said there is something rather satisfying about a well framed picture of a nudibranch with the rhinophores in sharp focus! This is Chromodoris trimarginata nudibranch_ photographed in Goa_2023
There might be more than one purple nudibranchs in your area, as we see in this picture. When I photograph them, I use two strobes and macro lens 60 or 100 mm. Otherwise everything will just be blue or green!
That day the visibility was terrible, a meter or less .. at the end of the dive our guide pointed out these two Chromodoris trimarginata ,two white flames that emerge from fog ! Beautiful, colored with their red spots.
Phidiana militaris nudibranch_Wreck dive site_Goa_2022
Persian rug ( Bedford's flatworm) . Elegant , beautiful, .. a masterpiece of ocean_2023
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