strange animals are these with such a racy name? Nudibranchs are actually
molluscs with no shells, related to snails, clams and the amazing
octopus and cuttlefish. The name is made up of two words, 'nudi' meaning
naked and 'branch' meaning gills. Basically, these animals are characterised
by exposed gills. Anything this soft and obvious will, of course,
get eaten in a jiffy!
So how do they protect themselves? Some manufacture a chemical that
makes them taste bad, while others eat animals that have stinging
cells and simply incorporate them into their own body.
This portfolio of nudibranchs was photographed by a Singaporean underwater
photographer and dive instructor, David Wong, in Singapore.