Nudibranch Whisperer of Deception Pass

  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:24am
  • Life

Sea slugs cast a spell on me…and it all began with fake news. Well, semi-fake. Okay, it was actually two photographs, and the one that cast the spell wasn’t exactly fake, but it wasn’t of “the” sea slug. It was a vibrantly-colored red-tipped, black and white version of the same sea slug species taken underwater in all its flowing cerata glory. The actual sea slug, fully exposed to the air because it hadn’t paid attention to the tides, was smallish, blobbish, and its orange-tipped cerata were all clumped together like a minuscule bowl of purple sauce spaghetti with shredded cheddar cheese on top.

When I learned that these small snail-relatives live in the Salish Sea, I went looking for them. I had no luck beachcombing at Bowman Bay last summer, but I didn’t give up. Months later, my perseverance paid off. I spotted my first one. Since then, I’ve observed about two dozen individuals of six different species in three places: Cornet Bay, Bowman Bay, and the Anacortes Marina. My first encounter was my favorite.

To read Julee Rudolf’s complete blog, go to https://juleerudolfblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/nudibranch-whisperer-of-deception-pass/

More in Life

Molka Xete, a new restaurant in Greenbank, specializes in street-style tacos that are five for $10. They make all the food from scratch, including sauces, tacos, tortillas and chips.
Center of island buzzing with new businesses

‘Molka Xete’ opens while store, deli and pot shop get ready

Anderson at the parade.
Marching, waving, saluting, singing … because it’s fun

As soon as I moved to the Rock nine years ago, friends… Continue reading

Nudibranch Whisperer of Deception Pass

Sea slugs cast a spell on me…and it all began with fake… Continue reading

Sketchers draw Whidbey’s world

Open a journal of one of the Whidbey Island Sketchers and details… Continue reading

New look for familiar frozen treat

Whidbey Island Ice Cream gets a modern makeover

Photos provided.
                                Land Claims Founders Sculpture by Richard Nash is both visually striking and educational.
New public art honors Oak Harbor’s pioneers

Land Claims Founders Sculpture honors three explorers

Historic sheep barn repurposed

Tucked away on the Pratt Loop Trail, a formerly dilapidated 1930s sheep… Continue reading

Tunnel vision: Time for ‘Golden chains’

Crowds gather at Bayview nursery for annual display

‘Art with a Message’

Students worldview a kaleidoscope of visions

A rainbow of rhodies awaits visitors this weekend at Meerkerk Gardens. The sanctuary of paths, woods, water views and hundreds of rhododendrons and other flowering plants hosts its annual Mother’s Day concert Sunday. Tickets: $10.
Mother’s Day at Meerkerk Gardens

Rainbows of rhodies spring forth for annual concert

Changing lives with home repairs

A decade under the tool belts of Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers helpers