BIG and small – the sea has them all…..

COLOURFUL NUDIBRANCHES – You will think you are hallucinating…

  • A nudibranch is a member of the Nudibranchia, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shells after their larval stage.
  • They are noted for their often extraordinary colours and striking forms.
  • Currently, about 2,300 valid species of nudibranchs are known.
  • Nudibranchs are often casually called sea slugs, but many sea slugs belong to several taxonomic groups which are not closely related to nudibranchs.

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COWRIE SHELLS – More than just the pretty shell on the beach

  • Cowries are egg-shaped with a flat base and a narrow opening.
  • Their shells are smooth and highly polished.
  • They protect their glossy finish by wrapping their brightly colored mantle lobes nearly completely around their shells when they move.

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AND THE BIG ONE….

WHALE SHARK – NOT YOUR NORMAL SHARK – Thanks heavens…

But the most amazing experience to see one on a dive – try it – you will remember it for ever and a day!

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    • The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark
    • the largest known extant fish species.
    • The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 m and a weight of approximately 21.5 metric tons), and unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks exist.
    • The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate.
    • The species originated about 60 million years ago.
    • The whale shark is found in open waters of the tropical oceans and is rarely found in water below 71 °F (22 °C).
    • Modeling suggests a lifespan of about 70 years but measurements have proven difficult.[3] Whale sharks have very large mouths and are filter feeders, which is a feeding mode that occurs in only two other sharks, the megamouth shark and the basking shark.
    • They feed mainly on plankton and are generally considered harmless to humans

Come on – do it – phone the SCUBA DIVE People and learn to scuba – it is AMAZING…

http://www.gardenroutedivers.co.za/

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