Most species of sea slugs are considered really cute. “Shaun the Sheep” (Costasiella sp.) or “Pikachu” (Thecacera sp.) for example. However, if you have once seen nudibranchs feeding on each other, you might change your mind. As it turns out, nudibranchs are their own worst enemy!
NOT JUST A GYMNODORIS
Only when I swam closer, I realized what was going on in the below picture. Dive guide Gigs, who spotted the big Gymnodoris, kept pointing at the nudibranch, insisting that I should take a picture. Although I don’t find this species of nudibranch too exciting, I wanted to do Gigs a favor and moved closer – only to discover why our dive guide was so persistent!
WATCH THE CRUEL SHOW
In this short video, you can see the Ceratosoma getting swallowed by the Gymnodoris. In a last attempt of trying to free itself, the smaller Ceratosoma wiggles around but without success. The Gymnodoris managed to swallow the much smaller Ceratosoma by its head – which shows how sea slugs are lacking sight, it probably didn’t see the attacker coming!
NUDIBRANCHS ARE THEIR OWN WORST ENEMY
Gymnodoris, a species of dorid genus, track their prey by following the slime trails of other dorid species. Once close to its victim, the hunter extends its huge oral hood in order to suck in the prey. Occasionally, the victim gets away. However, nudibranchs are not exactly famous for making fast movements 😉 It’s quite common to see nudibranchs feeding on each other – this may change your perception of these colorful, “cute”, little creatures!
Why Dive with NAD-Lembeh Resort?
NAD-Lembeh Resort is a small, owner-operated, photography-oriented dive resort in the Lembeh Strait. We are situated in a private bay on Lembeh Island, away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. We guarantee a 2:1 guest to guide ratio as standard, which makes for a private dive experience and lots of time to take pictures.
ROOMS & BUNGALOWS
All our rooms (10 Beachfront Rooms, 5 Seaview Bungalows) offer ocean view, air conditioning, hot water, wifi, including full board. Our resort has only few steps, which makes our layout extremely convenient to get from your room to the restaurant, camera room, bar and floating jetty.
Our dive team consists of 15 full-time guides, with over 100 years of combined experience! Air as well as Nitrox and various cylinder sizes (both DIN and Yoke are available onsite).
BOATS & FLOATING JETTY
NAD-Lembeh has 4 large, purpose-built dive boats. Each at around 15m long, they offer lots of space and comfort for the divers. Boats feature onboard toilets, towels, drinks and snacks and first aid/ oxygen
Our jetty allows our guests dignified and quick boat entries – all our dive boats can be moored simultaneously, so there is no wading through the shallows to get on the boat for the dive!
NAD-Lembeh Resort has been purposely built for photographers: our huge camera room features individual work spaces and we have 6 rental systems on site.
We offer 1:1 photo classes and our guides are all proficient in photography, using our rental equipment for fun dives when not diving with guests.