The 6th day of Fishmas

posted by Veronique Koch on 17 December 2012

On the sixth day of Fishmas, my dear love gave to me… a frosted nudibranch!

 

 

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Frosted nudibranchs (Dirona albolineata) are sea slugs that can be found in the Eastern Pacific from San Diego, California to Alaska. Their color can range from white to rose pink to rust. They can grow up to 7 inches in length.

 

 

Fun fact: frosted nudibranchs can shed their cerata (the large, broad growths on their backs) to distract and escape predators, much like when a lizard loses its tail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources for images can be found here and here.

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