Named for its polka dots, the Clown nudibranch (Ceratosoma amoenum) livens up New Zealand's underwater world.
It's Spring in New Zealand. This is a great time of year to hunt nudibranchs with your camera.
This purple beauty is called Jason mirabilis. I know I've shared photos of this nudibranch with you before but I think it's special enough to share again because it's only found in New Zealand.
Sometimes nudibranchs are dislodged from their tight hold on the reef. This presents a rare opportunity to see their underside.
Juvenile Jason mirabilis
Hundreds of juvenile Jason mirabilis nudibranchs develop on this hydroid tree on the wreck of the Canterbury in Deep Water Cove.
This shaggy-do purple nudibranch called Jason mirabilis is a real beauty, and remarkably it's only found in New Zealand.
How big are nudibranchs?
New Zealand nudibranchs range in size from the giants like Dendrodoris krusensternii (the Gem nudibranch) to the medium Ceratosoma amoenum (Clown nudibranch) and the very tiny that are a mere 2-3mm long.
Clown nudibranchs are the most commonly spotted sea slugs in north eastern New Zealand.
Shot in 2 days of underwater photography at the Poor Knights Islands in New Zealand. Looks like we'll soon have a healthy new population of sea slugs to enjoy.