Divers! Have you ever heard of nudibranchs? These vibrant and unique sea creatures are a must-see when exploring the Cozumel Marine Park. With their bright colors and fascinating shapes, nudibranchs are a photographer’s dream come true.
Located in the crystal-clear waters of Cozumel, the nudibranchs in the island are truly a sight to behold. With over 3,000 species of nudibranchs found in the world’s oceans, there’s no shortage of variety in the park. Each species boasts its own unique set of colors and patterns, making each one a one-of-a-kind find.
,Painted Elysia, (Thuridilla picta)
< 3 cm / 1.25 in
Prominent curling rhinophores tiped in red. Yellow “Y” on the head.
So why not add a nudibranch hunt to your next dive in Cozumel? Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting out, you will want to take some time to discover these not-so-easy-to-find creatures – they are a real delight to observe. With their slow-moving and graceful nature, you can spend as much time as you like admiring their beauty.
Don’t forget to bring your camera! The bright hues and intricate patterns of nudibranchs make for truly stunning photographs. From their delicate, frilly gills to their eye-catching stripes and spots, every inch of these creatures is a work of art.
On the left: Black Aglaja (Migaya felis)
< 2.5 cm / 1 in
Jet black body with two small lobes on the tail, one slightly longer than the other. Found on sandy patches.
On the right: Leech Aglaja (Chelidonura hirundinina)
< 2.5 cm / 1 in
Dark reddish body with tapering tails of equal length. Orange and blue stripes. A solid white bar at midbody.
The Cozumel Marine Park is home to a diverse range of sea life, and nudibranchs are just the tip of the iceberg. So why not plan your next dive trip to Cozumel and experience these amazing creatures for yourself? The park is open all year round, so there’s never been a better time to dive in!
,Ornate Elysia, (Elysia ornata) < 5 cm / 2 in
Light green body with tiny black and white spots. Tips of rhinophores and parapodia lined with orange and black.
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