Nudibranch Safari 2018

Join the Nudibranch Safari!

Do you love nudibranchs and want to learn more about them? Then the Nudibranch Safari is just what you've been looking for! Join the nudibranch experts at Gulen Dive Resort in Norway.

Posted on Nov 3, 2017

The Nudibranch Safari 2018 is held at Gulen Dive Resort north of Bergen on the Norwegian west coast. Join us to learn more about nudibranchs!

      • Nudibranch Safari: March 7-11, 2018   

Lectures will be given by Bernard Picton, Torkild Bakken and Alexander Martynov. Two lectures are offered each day.

The nudibranch Safari includes accommodation and four house reef diving opportunities a day. There is plenty of time for identifying nudibranchs and learning more in the workshop area. Additionally, an expedition boat dive to see what we can find elsewhere is included!

Nudibranch Safari program

Nudibranch Safari, Wednesday March 7 to Sunday March 11, 2018:

• Day 1 (7/3/18):
  Arrival at Gulen Dive Resort, welcome meeting @ ca. 20:00
• Day 2 (8/3/18):
  House reef dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 3 (9/3/18):
  House reef dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 4 (10/3/18):
  House reef dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 5 (11/3/16):
  Departure from Gulen Dive Resort

Price: € 890 per person


The package includes:

• 4 nights in shared twin rooms at Gulen Dive Resort
• 4 diving opportunities a day
• 1 expedition boat dive during the event
• 2 nudibranch lectures a day
• Workshop equipment, stereoscope, magnifiers, literature
• Tanks, weights and air for all dives
• Dinner for all participants every day
• After dive in 200BAR

The package does NOT include:

• Flights/transfer/travel costs
• Nitrox and rental gear


Booking should be done directly with Gulen Dive Resort who are responsible for the accommodation, facilities and diving. All dives are offered weather permitting (not usually an issue on the house reef).

The package can be extended with airport transfer. This will take place on fixed times on March 7 from Bergen Airport and on March 11 leaving Gulen Dive Resort. Please check with Gulen Dive Resort for exact times and make sure you blease book your flights accordingly.

If you have questions, please read the Nudibranch Safari FAQs or get in touch with us. When booking please be advised that you accept the terms and conditions set forth by Gulen Dive Resort.

The Nudibranch Safari 2018 experts

The Nudibranch Safari will be hosted by a unique line-up of top experts who will be on site to share their knowledge with the participants:

 Bernard Picton 

Curator at the Museum of Natural History, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nudibranch expert Bernard Picton, author of "A Field Guide to the Nudibranchs of the British Isles" works as curator of marine invertebrates at the department of natural sciences at the National Museums in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has described several species and publishged numerous papers on nudibranchs and other marine animals, and with over 40 years experience he is recognized as one of the leading nudibranch experts in the world.

 Alexander Martynov 

Scientist of the Zoological Museum of Moscow State University, Russia

Alexander Martynov is author of more than 80 scientific publications (including monographs) and co-author of the colour guide “Opisthobranch molluscs of the Seas of Russia”. Since 1992 he has described almost 50 new nudibranch species, around 25 new genera and several new families. Most recently published was the reorganization of the Flabellina genus with description of three new species found at the Nudibranch Safari at Gulen Dive Resort.

 Tanya Korshunova 

Senior scientist, Koltzov Institute of Developmental Biology in Moscow, Russia

Major fields of scientific interests are cells and molecular mechanisms of behaviour. Tatiana has participated in numerous expeditions and field trips targeted mainly to collect new species of nudibranchs, especially in very cold waters. She is co-author of many scientific papers on nudibranchs molluscs, including description of 21 new species and 2 new genera. Tatiana also co-author of the first ever published colour guide on the opisthobranchs molluscs of Russia.

 Torkild Bakken 

Head of Department, University in Trondheim, Norway

Current position is Head of Department, which also allows time for research and teaching. Main research fields are biosystematics and biogeography, particularly of polychaete worms (Polychaeta). He also has a great interest in nudibranch molluscs (Nudibranchia), and his research is focused on phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography in these groups, as well as faunistics and biodiversity of marine invertebrates along the Norwegian coast.

Participants studying some of the collected material at the Nudibranch Safari.

Nudibranch diving

The dives on the Nudibranch Safari will be made on the house reef of Gulen Dive Resort, where a staggering 82 species of nudibranchs have been found so far. The nudibranch experts will be at hand to assist in identifying what we find and update the species list.

Nudibranch litterature, stereo magnifiers, magnifying glasses for diving and other equipment for collection, closer study and identification will be available.

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Not only will you learn a lot about nudibranchs at the Nudibranch Safari - it also offers some unique photo opportunities!

Citizen science

At the Nudibranch Safari, the participants help in the ongoing work to find and identify new species. So far we have found several species new to Norway, and four species new to science. These are currently being described by the scientists.

By taking part you will not only learn a great deal about nudibranchs and their behavior, but you will also make a contribution to science. Perhaps YOU will be the one who finds a new species next year? You never know - but we find something new and exciting every year.

Stereo magnifiers, litterature and other tools for closer study of nudibranchs will be at hand at the Nudibranch Safari.

Have a look at the highlights found below the Nudibranch Safari species list and you will get an idea about what you can expect to see.

We look forward to seeing you at the Nudibranch Safari. Please book your stay as soon as possible, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions and can't find the answer here or ine the Nudibranch FAQs.

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