So here I am, back from a long hiatus after getting drawn deep into facebook and also into a personal and emotional roller coaster.
So the theme for the week is Small and in keeping with diving as my sub theme, I present to you the Nudibranch collections.
Phylum Mollusca Class Gastropoda Order Nudibranchia
Nudibranchs belong to sea slugs. They are slow moving bottom dwellers.They have soft bodies and most of them lack an external protective shell. Their secondary gills are exposed outside, as reflected by their name “nudibranch” meaning “nude/naked gills”. Some nudibranchs have numerous body projections (called “cerata”) increasing the overall body surface and enhancing breathing. Nudibranchs carry a pair of horn-like cephalic tentacles or “rhinophores” at the front, that are used primarily as chemosensory organs (sensing chemicals). To protect themselves from predators many developed toxic or bad tasting glands in the skin, and their bright colors warn predators of their horrible taste. Nudibranchs possess fantastic coloration and color patterns. Nudibranchs cannot be taken away or preserved - they loose their shape and colors.
There is more but I will probably bore you guys. Enjoy!