MARTIN VOELLER: JAPANESE NUDIBRANCHS
Martin Voeller is an avid diver and underwater photographer who lives in Tokyo, Japan. His favourite subjects are sharks for wide-angle and nudibranchs for macro. Having dived from the southernmost tip of Japan (Okinawa) to the northern tip (Hokkaido) and much in between, he enjoys anything ranging from tropical to cold water diving which Japan offers. He continues to explore Japan's diverse formations and topography, and his mission is to share this with the rest of the world. Here is a selection of some of his nudibranch shots. As he says, they look just like Christmas decorations. Scroll down and pick your favourite to win a DIVE subscription.
Dendrodoris denisoni - delightfully bobbled with electric blue spots (Miyako-umiushi in Japanese)
Hypselodoris placida - black specks on an opaque white body like a cow (Usuiro-umiushi in Japanese)
Flabellina rubrolineata - like a translucent dancer with thin purple medial lines (Sesujimino-umiushi in Japanese)
Goniobranchus tinctorius - with vibrant red patterns on its body like frosting (Sarasa-umiushi in Japanese)
Chromodoris aureopurpurea - gold-spotted with purple bands, looking like candy (Komon-umiushi in Japanese)
Hypselodoris festiva - most common in Izu, Japan, with a uniform blue background colour. (Ao-umiushi in Japanese)
Dermatobranchus ornatus - large tubercles with elevated orange rings (Hanaotome-umiushi in Japanese)
Another Dendrodoris denisoni - its rhinophores looking like a charging bull!
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