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Nudibranchs: what do you know about them? (Watch Video)



The second in an exciting new series of blogs introducing some of the amazing marine life you can encounter at Magic Resorts in the Philippines…

Some interesting facts!

Who doesn’t love nudibranchs? These tiny little creatures catch everybody’s interest because of their cute appearance, bright colors and last but not least, there are thousands of different species!

Although the word “nudibranchs” sounds as cute as the creature itself, the word actually comes from both Latin and Greek: Nudus (naked in Latin) and bránkhia (gills in Greek). The reason? The gills on their back are completely uncovered! Some things are just so simple.

Nudibranchs are also called nudis or sea slugs. All the nudibranchs are sea slugs, but not all sea slugs are nudibranchs. Some can swim and some are even toxic (or pretend to be!) But don’t worry, they won’t have enough toxin to harm humans: it’s only to protect themselves from predators or those who pretend to be toxic.

Another funny fact about nudibranchs is that they are hermaphrodites, which means they are intersex: all nudibranch (“male” or “female”) can be pregnant and can lay a million eggs at one time!

Although there are thousands of different species, there are basically only two major types of them: Dorid & Aeolid nudibranchs.

Dorid nudibranchs breathe through the gills on their back, which look like a little tree of gills. Aeolid nudibranchs have cerata or finger-like strings on their back that function as breathing, digestion, and defense apparatus. They also have variations of shapes: rose-like, club-shaped, clustered, thread-like, and branched. Aeolid nudibranchs can use their cerata for defense and some kinds of nudis can excrete toxin or acid from their body if they are threatened.

Come and dive with Magic Oceans Dive Resort and let the guides show you their nudibranch paradise! On top, their in-house marine biologist can tell you much more about these creatures during the seminar (free of charge)!

Some general facts!

  • There are more than 3000 species of nudibranchs worldwide and new ones are discovered almost daily. Which ones have you already seen
  • Their size varies from less than 0.5 inch (Shaun the Sheep) to 35 inch (Spanish Dancer)!

  • Nudis can be found in many places all over the world: coral reefs, seagrass beds or sandy bottoms. Did you know that you can also find some species in the Southern/Antarctic Ocean?
  • Nudibranchs don’t live very long. Some die within a month, others survive for only a year.

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Magic Resorts Philippines has two dive resorts: Magic Oceans Anda, Bohol and Magic Island Moalboal, Cebu. Have the Magic experience in two different locations. Rely on the same atmosphere, service and standards during every vacation! Blogs are supported by Marlon Managa, Dive Master and Marine Biologist at Magic Oceans.

Marine Life & Conservation

Double Bubble for Basking Sharks



The Shark Trust is excited to announce that, for two more days only, all donations, large or small, will be doubled in the Big Give Green Match Fund!

Donate to Basking in Nature: Sighting Giants

The Shark Trust is hoping to raise £10k which will be doubled to £20k. This will go towards Basking in Nature: Sighting Giants. And they need YOUR help to reach they’re goal.

The Shark Trust’s citizen science project is to monitor and assess basking sharks through sightings; encouraging data collection, community engagement, and promoting nature accessibility. This initiative aims to enhance health and wellbeing by fostering a deeper connection with British Sharks.

Campaign Aims

  • Increase citizen science reporting of Basking Sharks and other shark sightings to help inform shark and ray conservation.
  • Provide educational talks about the diverse range of sharks and rays in British waters and accessible identification guides!
  • Create engaging and fun information panels on how to ID the amazing sharks and rays we have on our doorstep! These can be used on coastal paths around the Southwest. With activities and information on how you can make a difference for sharks and rays!
  • Promote mental wellbeing through increasing time in nature and discovering the wonders beneath the waves!

Donate, and double your impact. Click Here

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Marine Life & Conservation

Leading UK-based shark conservation charity, the Shark Trust, is delighted to announce tour operator Diverse Travel as a Corporate Patron



Corporate Patrons provide a valuable boost to the work of The Shark Trust. The Trust team works globally to safeguard the future of sharks, and their close cousins, the skates and rays, engaging with a global network of scientists, policymakers, conservation professionals, businesses and supporters to further shark conservation.

Specialist tour operator Diverse Travel has operated since 2014 and is committed to offering its guests high quality, sustainable scuba diving holidays worldwide. Working together with the Shark Trust will enable both organisations to widen engagement and encourage divers and snorkellers to actively get involved in shark conservation.

Sharks are truly at the heart of every diver and at Diverse Travel, we absolutely share that passion. There is nothing like seeing a shark in the wild – it’s a moment that stays with you forever!” says Holly Bredin, Sales & Marketing Manager, Diverse Travel.

We’re delighted to celebrate our 10th year of business by becoming a Corporate Patron of the Shark Trust. This is an exciting partnership for Diverse and our guests. We will be donating on behalf of every person who books a holiday with us to contribute towards their vital shark conservation initiatives around the world. We will also be working together with the Trust to inspire divers, snorkellers and other travellers to take an active role – at home and abroad – in citizen science projects and other activities.”

Paul Cox, CEO of The Shark Trust, said:

It’s an exciting partnership and we’re thrilled to be working with Diverse Travel to enable more divers and travellers to get involved with sharks and shark conservation. Sharks face considerable conservation challenges but, through collaboration and collective action, we can secure a brighter future for sharks and their ocean home. This new partnership takes us one more valuable step towards that goal.”

For more information about the Shark Trust visit their website here.

For more about Diverse Travel click here.

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