Nudibranchs: Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

Spanish Shawl Nudibranch in Point Loma Kelp Beds, San Diego

After more than a month out of the water, and two months out of the cold California water, I finally got to go diving again! We spent the weekend on the Horizon dive boat diving San Clemente Island and the kelp beds of Point Loma, San Diego. I saw lots of sea lions and a couple of sharks, but really focused on the small stuff this trip.

For example... my favorite nudibranch, the Spanish Shawl nudibranch (read more about them here). Nudibranchs are one of my favorite things to look for underwater, especially in colder water such as California's or New England's. They're very small--usually only an inch or two long--and sometimes very challenging to spot, even when they're bright colors like the Shawl is. I just think it's really rewarding to move slowly and find these little guys crawling around on the bottom! A lot of people don't realize how interesting all the tiny organisms that live in our oceans can be.

Another Spanish Shawl and a juvenile:

Spanish Shawl Nudibranch and juvenile Spanish Shawl in Point Loma Kelp Beds, San Diego


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14 Responses to “Nudibranchs: Spanish Shawl Nudibranch”

  1. Marie-AZ says:

    The Spanish Shawl is stunning! So much beauty under the water! Wow!

    · March 27, 2012 @ 10:30 am


  2. Mama Zen says:


    · March 27, 2012 @ 10:42 am


  3. Oh,my GOSH! I can’t believe nature is this amazing! I wish I could photograph marine life like that. Great job!

    · March 27, 2012 @ 11:28 am


  4. Jaymi says:

    these are so cool! i went diving once, in hawaii a long time ago, and loved it! I’d love to do it again with a camera some day!

    · March 27, 2012 @ 1:02 pm


  5. Joyful says:

    These were special as I’ve never heard of, or seen, a Spanish Shawl before.

    · March 27, 2012 @ 3:39 pm


  6. Jen says:

    Wow this looks so cool!

    · March 27, 2012 @ 5:06 pm


  7. What a beautiful sea creature. Perfect pictures of the prettiest fish!

    · March 27, 2012 @ 9:14 pm


  8. wonderful pics! :)

    · March 28, 2012 @ 12:00 am


  9. WOW! Beautiful! My mom is a diver as well, I’ve wanted to..but I wonder if I just don’t have that gene. I get so afraid of deep water like that (and I was a competitive swimmer…I know, so weird). Anyway, I admire your adventure. It really is beautiful down there!!

    · March 28, 2012 @ 7:12 am


  10. Kent Weakley says:

    Wow, the color is spectacular. Awesome!

    · March 28, 2012 @ 3:23 pm


  11. Jamie says:

    Wow!! Amazing pics!

    · March 28, 2012 @ 4:54 pm


  12. Teresa says:

    Amazing shots! I love those brilliant colors.

    · March 28, 2012 @ 8:11 pm


  13. that is amazing! i love it.:)

    happy thursday!

    · March 29, 2012 @ 9:34 am


  14. deb duty says:

    These are amazing! The colors are so beautiful and vibrant!

    · March 30, 2012 @ 1:41 pm


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