Lion (or Hooded) Nudibranch
(Melibe leonina)

image of a Lion (or Hooded) Nudibranch

Image ID: 317-01

Comments : I have only been fortunate enough to see a couple of these very unique nudibranchs in Puget Sound. However, while visiting God's Pocket Resort this spring, there were about 50 of these incredible animals inhabiting a portion of the wall not 20 yards from the resort's dock. Needless to say, I visited them many times. According to the owner, these nudibranchs show up in the bay on a seasonal basis.
Common name : Lion (or Hooded) Nudibranch
Scientific Name : Melibe leonina
Location Found : God's Pocket Bay, Port Hardy
Actual Size : 3 inches
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX w/1->3T macro
Natural History :