Hopkin's Rose

Okenia rosacea

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Bubblegum pink with giant pink dreads, this slug is hard to miss... assuming it's out in the open. More often then not, though, tidepool explorers will find it squished deep inside rocky crevices, offering but a tantalizing glimpse of color. We are presently experiencing a "bloom" of Roses that has continued for several years. Those who've been exploring our shores for some time say this species was far more common 30 years ago, followed by a decline that reversed dramatically in 2014 with the return of El Nino weather conditions.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken-ichi/5366462414/
  2. (c) Nate, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.flickr.com/photos/45285223@N00/469509092
  3. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/19684013769/
  4. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY), http://www.flickr.com/photos/18024068@N00/5366463312
  5. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/26827452420/
  6. Adapted by Robin Gwen Agarwal from a work by (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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Color pink