Creature Feature: Clown Nudibranch (Acrobat of the Sea)

🐾Creature Feature🐾

The Clown Nudibranch (Triopha catalinae) is a common and colorful sight in our local tidepools.

🐾Creature Feature🐾The Clown Nudibranch (Triopha catalinae) is a common and colorful sight in our local tidepools. Today we will be addressing an interesting side to nudibranch behavior. While nudibranchs often move by using rocks in tidepools, they've developed the incredible skill of using the surface tension of water to move as well. As seen in this video, the Clown nudibranch has its body spread out and is propelling itself across the surface of the water. It is thought that this behavior helps them to escape predators and get to a new location quicker. If you're ever out in the tidepools and you observe this behavior, the nudibranch is not lost or injured it is in fact moving with purpose! Video Credit: NEC's Coastal Programs Coordinator, Casey Cruikshank.#triophacatalinae #nudibranch #intertidaleducation #northcoastenvironmentalcenter #humboldt #oceanconservation #underwaterphotography #macro

Posted by Northcoast Environmental Center on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Today we will be addressing an interesting side to nudibranch behavior. While nudibranchs often move by using rocks in tidepools, they’ve developed the incredible skill of using the surface tension of water to move as well. As seen in this video, the Clown nudibranch has its body spread out and is propelling itself across the surface of the water. It is thought that this behavior helps them to escape predators and get to a new location quicker.

If you’re ever out in the tidepools and you observe this behavior, the nudibranch is not lost or injured it is in fact moving with purpose!

Video Credit: NEC’s Coastal Programs Coordinator, Casey Cruikshank.

#triophacatalinae #nudibranch #intertidaleducation #northcoastenvironmentalcenter #humboldt #oceanconservation #underwaterphotography #macro