|Psychedelic Slug feeding|
It was the walls that we snorkeled while spending 2 nights at Alyui Bay in Waigeo Island that presented us with some of the most slug sightings per day. These walls are rich in soft corals and tunicates, both things that the nudibranchs and flatworms like to feed on. At Alyui Bay there is also a large pearl farm. There are literally thousands of oysters being grown in this bay, perhaps the extra structures and the fact that there is good "flushing" of water through this bay also helps to account for the diversity we see there. The walls that we snorkel along in this area have been a highlight of our trip for the last two seasons. In fact, it is at the pier of the pearl farm where we have our night snorkel. This pier is one of the places in Raja Ampat recognized as an exceptional location to see a wide variety of unusual critters. To follow is just a small sample of the variety of sea slugs and flatworms that our group saw during this most recent snorkel expedition to Raja Ampat.
|Brown Margin Glossodoris|
|Red-striped Flatworm - Maritigrella virgulata|
|Thuridilla lineolata - seen in Sulawesi|
A few websites that are great resources for identification help are:
Marine Life Photography - Also their great new iPhone and Ipad app for Hawaii reef life ID
The Sea Slug Forum