Common color variety in this introduced species.
Large peach-tinted egg masses on giant kelp blades. Masses about 1.5" in diameter.
It's in there munching away on the hydroids. Not your standard field guide shot, though. Sorry!
Calling this individual C. steinbergae because there is no dorsal notch and the rhinophores appear to be simple. We have seen C. pacifica in this location, as well.
Not even sure this is a Eubranchus, but leaning toward E. rustyus.
Always strange for me to see this north of Monterrey Bay, but Donna said she's seen them in abundance sometimes off Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. Many years ago I saw one off Land's End in SF County - a place they were hunted 100 years ago into extirpation.
A first for me. Jaw-dropping beauty. Transcends my ability to...paint.
Donna said these are in Golden Gate Park, but I don't think I've ever seen them this dark there...
About 4 mm, hiding deep in hydroids on giant kelp. For closeup of rhinophore, please see 2nd photo.