A little over 10 years ago while diving with Sunreef Scuba Diving I was paired up with a diver named David Mullins. He was my newest dive buddy. I kindly told him I like to go LOW and SLOW...he replied not a problem, so do I. Our freindship and love of all things Nudibranchs began.
During that 10 years David and I along with JoeY, Terry and Julie have found 552 species of Nudibranchs in an area of about 100kms of coast line called the Sunshine Coast. As far as I know this has not been duplicated any where in the world.
When I broke the news that JoeY and I were moving to Tasmania the Team was saddened. As the packing and preparations were completed I was to recieve a very special going away/appreciation token from David. He secretly researched a very special Nudibranch watch - the only 2 I know of anywhere!
Engraved on the back is:
David and Gary
Printed on the front is our beloved Nudibranch.com.au logo.
I will cherish this token for the remaining days of my life.
We embarked upon this adventure of ours while diving here on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Upon realizing the amazing variety of nudibranchs we were seeing, we developed an appetite for not only finding as many different species as possible but identifying and learning all we could about these most amazing creatures of the sea.
nudibranch.com.au was born when a friend of Gary’s suggested we share our knowledge with the world. The site commenced in March 2003 when we set out on our quest to find, identify and record all of the nudibranchs here in our area. The ever changing sea and seasons give up new surprises every visit whether they are subtidal or intertidal.
We describe our searching and identifying component of the quest as The Treasure Hunt, and the recording thereof upon the web site as The Never Ending Story.
We welcome for inclusion on the site the findings of other workers in this area that we may not have yet recorded.
From this website a Nudibranch Identification book called Undersea Jewels - A Colour Guide to Nudibranchs was published in 2006. The book is a 'Colour Guide'. After all that is the first thing anyone remembers about first seeing a Nudibranch.
LOCATE, RECORD, IDENTIFY and POST every species of OPISTHOBRANCH to be found on the Sunshine Coast Queensland, Australia. Learn more>
To LOCATE through scuba diving and intertidal searching.
To RECORD by underwater and studio/taxonomic photography (including microscopy photography) of the specimens.
To IDENTIFY these speciesthrough invaluable support fromqualified authorities in this field and developing reference resources.
To POST upon our web site not only images of the species and their natural history behaviour but also information concerning size abundance and localities. Additionally to disseminate to other sites information considered unusual (see Useful Resources).
Towards achieving these aims we will continue to acquire and develop the necessary equipment, resources and knowledge.
Have fun, learn and enjoy the Earth's greatest creatures!