Hooded Nudibranchs of Puget Sound
Our team of amazing young marine biology student volunteers (the Live Crew) and myself research and uncover the wonderful world of Puget Sound Underwater. We explore the depths beneath the surface to reveal rarely seen and mostly under studied fantastic creatures that populate our estuary. Our first of its kind in the world, live streaming, interactive, underwater events identify and report on fish species and wildlife populations, report on crab and shrimp habitats, and much more. We measure water temperatures, and salinity levels, while documenting the many toxins, pollutants, and issues presenting challenges to our delicate and precious local ecosystems. Samantha, Zoe, Anson, Avery, Dylan and the rest of Live Crew learn more every year how vital our work is to the scientific community, students and everyone that lives in the Northwest.
Puget Sound is home to not only salmon, orcas and the Giant Pacific Octopus, but so many other wonderful creatures, such as the Hooded Nudibranch. One of about 89 different species of nudibranch or sea slug in our waters, This is one of the very few in the world that can actually swim. They possess many unusual characteristics. They have both male and female reproductive organs. Their eggs, as many as 30,000 are fertilized internally. They can escape from predation by dropping one of their cerata, and there's more.
For this and so much more great information about these gorgeous and somewhat rare animals, that only occasionally populate our waters, spend a few short minutes watching my latest video.
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