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Nudibranchs on Facebook

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Love nudibranchs? The tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve provide homes for many varieties of these lovely sea snails.  Four times a year at low tide, a group of volunteers does a nudibranch count at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and sends the survey results to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  They tally the number of each species found within a two hour period at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve or nearby Pillar Point.

The latest survey was on January 11, 2013,  during a minus tide of -1.4ft.

For more information, visit the FFMR Nudibranch Survey Facebook page:

Hermissenda Nudibranch from Pillar Point Harbor

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Volunteer naturalist Julie B. Walters spent part of her weekend helping our new class of volunteers learn about the inhabitants of the floating docks in Pillar Point Harbor, and was rewarded with an encounter with TWO of these beautiful nudibranchs.

Pillar Point Hermissenda nudibranch

Pillar Point Hermissenda nudibranch photo by Julie B. Walters

Hopkins Rose Nudibranch

Monday, December 27th, 2010
Hopkins rose

Mary DeLong's photo of a Hopkins rose taken at FFMR.

FFMR volunteer naturalist Mary DeLong reports:

On December 2 I led a walk with fellow volunteer naturalist Bill Gomez. We were with Nan Ho and  her her students of La Positas Community College. It being a minus tide there was a fabulous variety of creatures to see.

Some highlights were a Sunflower star in the big surge channel by Cypress Point; it was missing some of it’s rays but still manuevered about the pool easily. We saw two small octopuses, and the first one did a good show of color and texture changes as well as shooting ink at us! (more…)