Nudibranch Safari on Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel's popular Daily Planet show recently featured a segment from the Nudibranch Safari at Gulen Dive Resort. Bernard Picton is now officially a nudibranch rockstar!

Posted on Nov 1, 2013

The segment was filmed and produced by Espen Rekdal, who joined us for a day-and-a-half at the Nudibranch Safari in March. He was equipped with an extensive shot list.

The main story is about Bernard Picton, who was one of the experts on this year's Nudibranch Safari.

He's talking about one of the species he named himself back in 1980, the Coryphella browni, and also one of the intriquing species which has been occuring steadily on every Nudibranch Safari - the Flabellina lineata.

This strange variety of Flabellina lineata is very common at the house reef of Gulen Dive Resort. It is significantly different from the description found in the litterature and may well prove to be a new species.

The Flabellina lineata is occuring in several different variations, earlier considered to be the same species.

Recent research by Jussi Evertsen and Torkild Bakken from the University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim however suggests that what we thing of as Flabellina lineata is indeed two or maybe even three different species.

Only time will tell if they're right - speciemens have been collected and will undergo intense scrutiny at the lab in Trondheim.

Perhaps a DNA test will solve the mystery - and hopefully they will be able to declare it a new species at next year's Nudibranch Safari!

This Flabellina lineata looks more like what the litterature describes.

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