Questions and Answers 2013
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Submitted 23 September
Question by Clare Lindeque: I took this photo at Shark Alley/Pyramid in a lot of surge, so it's not very good. I am struggling to identify it - is it maybe a variable dorid, or perhaps the chocolate chip one? It has a lot more brown on its body than any of the other brown on white examples in your book. The rhinophores and gills are off-white or cream. Please can you tell me what it is?
This is indeed what I'd call the variable dorid, but there's some uncertainty, as this particular variation seems of only occur at Pyramid Rock! For more details click here.
Submitted 13 May
Question by JP Meistre: Hi, I took this pic in the shallows on my way to pyramid rock. Could you please identify?
This is a porky, an unusual visitor, which has been seen a few times before though. For more details click here.
Submitted 28 March
Question by Nathan Annandale: I have been diving Longbeach for quite a few years and spotted a juvenile fish (the one in the picture) a long time ago, but it was very elusive. I have finally been able to take a picture of them as there are quite a few now and are very friendly while freediving. What is this fish called? Note the black spot on the fin. Sorry for the blur, not the greatest camera.
This is the doublesash butterflyfish, the only endemic cold-water butterflyfish which occurs in Cape Town - and Long Beach is one of the best places to find it. For more details click here.
Submitted 21 February
Question by Helmut Berderow: I saw this fish yesterday at Photographers reef at 12 m and I cannot identify them could you help please. The fish is approx 4-5 cm long and has a metallic blue stripe across the back length of the body. The belly part is completely black from the head to the tail. Every time I came close the fish turned so that I could only see the metallic blue stripe, I guess that would be a warning signal.
This is an unusual sighting - it is the twostripe or sabretooth fang blenny, which does not normally ocurr in Cape Town waters, being limited to warmer and tropical seas. This is the blue version, the yellow version is more commonly seen. For more details click here.
Submitted 7 February
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: I saw this on the Maori recently - what nudibranch is it?
It's the warty dorid. For more details click here.
Submitted 13 January
Question by Kate Jonker: I found this Nudibranch at Steenbras Deep, Gordon's Bay this morning. Can you please tell me what it is? At first I thought it could be a candy nudibranch but the cerata seem to be a different shape and it has a darker colour between the blue and yellow on its cerata.
It is actually indeed the candy nudibranch - shape of cerata can change somewhat, and colour is variable. For more details click here.
Submitted 26 December 2012
Question by Carel v.d. Colff: Is this an olive nudibranch? I saw it at Long Beach
Yes, this is correct. Olive nudibranchs are not often seen, so this is a good sighting! For more details click here.