A Nudibranch Safari in Norway

The universe of nudibranchs is a strange microcosmos – and if you get hooked, you’ll soon find yourself addicted to looking for new and ever stranger species. The next logical step is to attend a Nudibranch Safari.



Posted on Feb 16, 2014

For most people it takes several years of scuba diving before they see their first nudibranch, but as soon as you discover these delicate little creatures you’ll start seeing them on almost every dive.

The colors and shapes give them an alluring power much greater than their size - even big, burly fellows with twin-tanks and tough-guy attitude might come back on shore with a soft look on their face, saying ”man, did you see that beeeautiful slug?”

The Eubranchus species are describes as having 'balloon-like fringes' - which is clearly seen in this very colorful and bubbly specimen.

Nudibranchs come in two categories – those that are hard to find, and those which are impossible to overlook, at least seen from a divers point of view.

They are described scientifically as the nudibranchia, literally meaning 'naked gill'. As the name implies, they don’t have a house on their backs. Nudibranchs are generally divided into four main groups.

Annual Nudibranch Safari

The west coast of Norway is an exceptionally good place to go looking for nudibranchs. The main hotspot is the house reef of Gulen Dive Resort just north of Bergen, where 63 of Norway’s around 90 species have been found in recent years.

The resort hosts an annual Nudibranch Safari at the end of March, which is high season for nudibranchs in Norway.

Diving the house reef only, divers with a keen eye can easily spot over 20 different species on a single dive. Sometimes the bottom is almost completely covered with colorful slugs!

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The Nudibranch Safari is perfect when you want to learn more about nudibranchs. Get together with experts and enthusiasts for a fun learning experience!
 
Held annually at Gulen Dive Resort north of Bergen on the Norwegian west coast in the spring, this unique workshop attracts divers and nudibranch experts from all over Europe.
 
The house reef at Gulen is teeming with nudibranchs this time of the year, and to date a staggering 72 species have been found!
 
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