Geeks, scientists, nature lovers and everyone else with an interest in the beauty of the natural world are invited to the Nelson Bay Nudi Festival in Port Stephens, a celebration of the colourful nudibranch molluscs which call the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park home.
On Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th December, researchers from Southern Cross University and the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park began working with volunteer divers to officially record nudibranch diversity. The upcoming event on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 2014 will celebrate the anniversary of the sea slug initiative.
Nudibranchs are shell-less, soft-bodied sea molluscs which live on seabeds and are particularly abundant in shallow waters. The creatures’ scientific name, nudibranchia, means naked gills, referring to the feathery gills found on their back. More than 140 species have been spotted in Port Stephens’ waters and the creatures’ vibrant hues and intricate patterns regularly draw divers from throughout the country and overseas to the area, which is renowned for having some of the best shore dive sites in Australia.
Nudi Festival 2014
Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th December
dÁlbora Marina, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay