With seven successful Melbourne Sea Slug Census events to date, our records of sea slug species found in Victorian coastal waters are continuing to grow. Collecting photos of sea slugs present at different times throughout the year will enable us to monitor these species and track any changes, but we’ll need your help!
The seventh Melbourne Sea Slug Census was held between Friday 13 and Monday 16 March. We are currently working through the photos that were submitted. There may be a delay on reporting for the March Census due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we thank you for your patience. In the meantime you can view all our previous reports below.
Sea Slug Census: Winter Wonderland Edition 2020 CANCELLED
With many areas along the coast again subject to stage 3 restrictions, we sadly needed to cancel the winter Sea Slug Census planned for 10-13 July. More information about current restrictions can be accessed at the Victorian health department page.
SOUTHERN SEA SLUGS PHOTO COMPETITION
Search your slug shots while staying at home
We’re hosting a stay-at-home friendly alternative to the Sea Slug Census that everyone can participate in: a Southern Sea Slugs Photo Competition. This way you can “hunt” for nudis from your own couch and help us celebrate these beautiful, quirky creatures without leaving the house!
We’re asking people to comb through their photo library and put forth their best photo, something that captures how spectacular our southern sea slugs really are.
The best photo and 2 runners up will receive a selection of sea slug art and goodies to brighten up their homes- let’s face it, a lot of us need a bit of colour in our lives right now, and nudis are perfect for that. First prize includes a framed, canvas print of Ersnt Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature- Nudibranchia.
What to do
Just send in your favourite and most fabulous shot of a Victorian species of nudibranch or other sea slug* to be in the running for a prize. Photos will be judged by a guest judge.
To enter, please send your photo to [email protected] with the title “Southern Sea Slug Photo comp”. If you choose to enter this competition you accept that the Victorian National Parks Association can:
- Share your photo (credited to you) through social media, emails, and our website
- Add your photo to our official database on Victorian marine life (where appropriate)
- Contact you to let you know you’ve won a prize
- 1 photo entry per person
- Photo must be of a Victorian sea slug* or slugs and have been taken within Victoria
- Photo can be from any time, not just within a Melbourne Sea Slug Census timeframe. If possible, include date and location where photo was taken (photos with date and location data may be added to ReefWatch’s citizen science observation records)
- No need to compress your image files (please send a high-quality version of your photo to allow for fair judging)
- Photos must be submitted by 11:59 pm 24 July 2020 to be considered
*For the purpose of judging this competition ”sea slug” refers to any mollusc traditionally belonging to the Nudibranchs, Pleurobranchs, Cephalaspids (headshield slugs/bubble shells), Anaspids (sea hares), Sacoglossans (sap-sucking slugs) or Acteonids (also bubble shells). In this case, as has been the case with our Sea Slug Census records, we will also accept photos of Onchidellas and Velutinids.
In Partnership with the Melbourne Sea Slug Census:-
The Sea Slug Census is supported by the Victorian Government.
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