In the Philippines, Terry Gosliner of the California Academy of Sciences prepares for a week of diving to study nudibranchs, or sea slugs.
one of the few places in the western Pacific where you can say that the reefs are in better shape now than they used to be. That is in large measure due to concerted conservation efforts by heroic community leaders and recognition that having abundant marine life attracts the scuba divers who flock here each spring and infuse the local economy.
more than half the species we find here are new species. For a systematic biologist like myself, this is a dream come true. Where else can you find an average of one new species per dive?
From The Beauty of Diversity, and Sea Slugs – Scientist at Work Blog – NYTimes.com
If you read only one article about Sea Slugs, this should be the one.