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2014 Photo Contest: 20 Amazing Nudibranch Pictures

Nudi Motherly Love

An Opalescent Nudibranch, sometimes called a Flame Tip nudibranch, laying a ribbon of eggs.

Location: Browning Passage, British Columbia, Canada

Jett Britnell

Hungry, Hungry Nudi

This Nembrotha nudibranch was searching for food inside a tunicate vase.

Location: Lembeh/Sulawesi, Indonesia

Filip Staes

Nudi Dragon

Beautiful photograph of a crawling nudibranch.

Location: Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia

Kelly Sobczak

UV Nudi

This nudibranch was photographed using UV lights during a night dive.

Location: Lembeh, Indonesia

Martin Klein

The Nudi Throne

An emperor shrimp upon his nudibranch throne.

Location: Northeast Coast of Taiwan

Chia Chi Chang

Sheepish Little Nudi

This tiny little nudibranch (Costasiella sp.) looks so cute. White head and black rhinophores; cerata green with reddish tips. It looks like a sheep stopped eating grass.

Location: Bali, Indonesia

Lynn Wu

Nudi Hanging

Nudibranch Janolus cristatus

Location: Chalkidiki, Greece

Nicholas Samaras

Nudi Bullfighting

This Chamberlain's Nembrotha nudibranch looks like a bull getting ready to charge at the photographer.

Location: Anilao, Philippines

Lynn Wu

Nighttime Nudi

Some large nudibranch like this, especially the coral eaters, tend to aggregate in crevices during the day, or under the coral colony and emerge only at night to feed.

Location: Anilao, Philippines

Jim Chen

Blue Nudi

A beautiful nudibranch posing for the camera.

Location: Lembeh, Indonesia

Martin Klein

Nudi on the Hunt

This is a Glaucus atlanticus nudibranch who moves with the current and eat false jellyfish, Physalia physalis

Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands

Francis Perez

Beautiful Nudi

Spectactular photo of a nudibranch floating in the night.

Location: Giglio, Italy

Filippo Borghi

Fire Tip Nudi

Nudibranch species: Hermissenda crassicornis

Location: Puget Sound, WA, United States

Tom Radio

Moody Nudi

This Phyllidia varicosa nudibranch was found inside a cave in Kona, Pyramid Pinnacle.

Location: Kona, Hawaii, United States

Taiki Sakai

Nudi Babysitting

Photograph of a vibrant nudibranch caring over its ribbon of eggs.

Location: Capo Noli, Italy

Maurizio Pasi

Nudi Portrait

Ringed Favorinus, grows to about 10mm. White body with yellow to orange cerata with dark tips. Like all species of Favorinus it feeds on sea slug eggs, including Sea Hares and nudibranchs.

Location: Anilao, Philippines

Jim Chen

Flying Nudi

This nudibranch, photographed at the top of a reef, looks like it's about to take off in flight.

Location: Kenting,Taiwan

Johnny Chiou

Nudi Chariot

An emperor shrimp shows off his symbiotic swagger by taking a ride on the back of this regal-looking nudibranch.

Location: Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Marchione Giacomo

Bumpy Nudi

Location: Anilao, Philippines

Irwin Ang

Nudi Up Close

Up close and personal in nudibranch central.

Location: Anilao, Philippines

Parnupong Norasethkamol

Dive into the bizarre and beautiful world of nudibranchs with this amazing photo gallery compiled from Scuba Diving's 2014 Through Your Lens Photo Contest submissions. These breathtaking marine gastropods are one of Mother Nature's most astounding species, sporting some of the most fascinating shapes, intricate patterns and mesmerizing hues found on any critter floating in our blue planet.

Photo names and captions provided by photographers.

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