Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hooded nudibranchs and their dance



Hooded nudibranchs (Melibe leonia) have been popular around our dock the last few months. Also known as 'lion nudibranch' because of its mane-like feeding apparatus. Its hood is used as a feeding tool, embracing its prey like a net, catching small shrimp or crabs. They produce a sweet watermelon smell when taken out of the water!



Check out the video below to watch how they move. Its like a beautiful dance through the ocean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9JbmGerCMU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzMrY1m9YGA




References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melibe_leonina


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