Questions and Answers 2012
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Submitted 12 September
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: Is this nudibranch the giraffe spotted? Almost thought it to be the feather but on closer viewing do not think so.
You are correct - it is the giraffe-spot nudibranch, which visually is quite similar to the feather nudibranch (although they are in different families and hence not that related.) For more details click here.
Submitted 10 September
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: This Nudibranch could it be the yellow tipped? Saw it at pie rock on Friday.
No, it is not - it is the Indian nudibranch, busy feeding on its favourite snack - the striped anemone. For more details click here.
Submitted 7 September
Question by David Colyn: I have been diving Cape Columbine for five years now and this is the first time I have seen this nudi - I must admit it's camouflage is working very well so I might have missed it before. Does this specie have a name and is it found around the Cape peninsula as well?
This is what I call the "brush nudibranch", a species of Tritonia. I've found it at Oudekraal and Gordon's Bay. For more details click here.
Submitted 28 August
Question by Gavin Tutt:Hi,came across this "Baardman" at A-Frame on Sunday the 26th August. The fish is about 10cm in length and was found swimming around a sand patch about 5 or 6m away from the kelp. Is this a juvenile "canariensis"?
Yes, it is indeed! For more details click here.
Submitted 7 June
Question by Johan Swanepoel on behalf of Sharon Clark on behalf of AB Rossouw: I saw this slug in Jongensfontein, and have never seen anything like it - what is is?
This is a sea-hare, genus Aplysia. For more details click here.
Submitted 31 May
Question by Gavin Tuttx: Attached are two pics of nudibranchs, are these variations of the same species and what species are they?
No, they are different species: the fiery nudibranch, and the orange-clubbed nudibranch. Although similar in colour their characteristics are quite different. For more details click here.
Submitted 14 April
Question by Carel v.d. Colff and Georgina Jones: What is this?
This is a comber, a fish rarely seen in Cape Town. For more details click here.
Submitted 7 April
Question by Carel v.d. Colff I saw some type of thorny puffer fish at Long Beach, what species is this?
This is a shortspine porcupinefish - intermediate between juvenile and adult form. It is not usually seen in Cape Town. For more details click here.
Submitted 3 April
Question by Rochelle Harwin: I wondered if you could help identify this critter? We saw it at Long Beach on Sunday and I've never seen it before... I love how Long Beach always has something new to offer! We were just off the pipeline next to a mini-reef and it was moving easily between rock and sand but I couldn't find any others. It's relatively small - maybe 5cm.
This is a carpet flatworm - not uncommon, but not that often seen at Long Beach. For more details click here.
Submitted 7 April
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: Is this a shaggy seahare? Seen at Long Beach
Yes, it is. For more details click here.
Submitted 7 April
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: Is this a freckled flatworm? Seen at Long Beach.
Yes, it is. For more details click here.
Submitted 26 March
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: Is this yellow-spotted fish a box fish?
Yes, it is - it is the juvenile of a boxy, which is not usually seen in Cape Town. For more details click here.
Submitted 26 March
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: Can you tell me if this is a backspine cowfish?
Yes, it is, and it is an unusual appearance in our waters.
For more details click here.
Submitted 30 March
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: I saw these at Long Beach over the last month - some are larger but swim away when approached - what are they?
These are flutemouths, possibly of two different species. For more details click here.