So how DO you find nudibranchs in the wild—especially the teeny tinys? Search for slug suppers!
Many nudies are extremely food-specific—find their meal, and they’re likely to be queued up. Nudibranchs will often lay their eggs in and around their preferred meals. So if you find a sluggy omelette around the diner, you’re nearing a nudist colony!
1️⃣📷: Doto kya on a tuft of its preferred hydroids. This slug was about 5mm. Spotted by Jon Anderson.
2️⃣📷: Limacia cockerelli munching on bryozoans—the carpet of brown/green on the right of the image. These colorful slugs are surprisingly easy to miss in Monterey Bay, as the rocks are often pink, orange and red from anemones and algae. Spotted by Phil Lemley.
3️⃣📷: Polycera atra dorid laying a ribbon of eggs on its Bugula bryzoan brunch. Found by Kate Vylet.