At Dalton Koss HQ we come up with some creative names to describe some of the more interesting creatures that can be found in our marine front yards.
Slugs in the nud’ are nudibranchs. Nudi what? Nudibranchs.
Nudibranchs are oceanic snails, do not possess a shell and are mostly brightly coloured.
To break it down, Nudi = nude and branchs = gills. As these snails do not have shells for protection, their gills are nude and exposed (see image below).
1. The bright colours of nudibranchs are used as defence mechanisms to avoid predators.
2. Many are able to camouflage with their surrounding environment, such as corals and sponges.
4. Nudibranchs can be found at different depths in both warm and cool ocean waters.
Although not in the same size category of many other sea creatures, they do create a level of excitement for DKHQ when spotted under water.