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Diver Name

Megumi Itoh

Occupation: Social Media Coordinator / Instructor / Illustrator
Location: Temple City, CA
Hometown: Temple City, CA

I started taking pictures as a way to remember what I saw during the dives. Since then, my obsession with the nudibranchs and other small marine animals led me to specializing in underwater macro photography.

Megumi's Underwater Photographs

January 6, 2014

My latest overseas dive trip was in the Solomon Islands. The water was very warm - mostly 84F - and the diving was amazing. I saw Pygmy seahorse for the first time and learned to identyfy more fish. After a 10-day dive trip in the Solomons, I went right back to dive at Anacapa (thank goodness for my drysuit) and saw an onespot fringehead. So many people say there is nothing to see when you dive in California, but that is so untrue. Most of the pictures here are from Califiornia dives. We may not have coral reef with colorful fish, but we have some brightly colored creatures!

Another creature I saw for the first time at Solomon Islands. Beautiful red cowrie on red soft coral.

Another creature I saw for the first time at Solomon Islands. Beautiful red cowrie on red soft coral.

  • Flabellinopsis Iodinea (Spanish Shawl)
at Santa Rosa Island
Yes, they are one of the most commonly seen nudibranch in So Cal, but they are so stunning!
  • Flabellinopsis Iodinea (Spanish Shawl)
at Farnsworth Bank
  • Simnia at Santa Cruz Island (9-14-14)
Look for them when you see red gorgonians!
  • another shot of the Yellowfin (or Orange) Fringehead
I saw an orange blob when I swam over a reef rock and knew I had to stop and look at it more carefully.
  • Who says barnacles are not pretty?
  • Blue ringed topsnail - looks like enamel jewelry
  • Chestnut cowry
  • Crevice kelpfish
  • Hermissenda opalescens another relatively common nudibranch, but very pretty
  • Austraeolis stearnsi
  • Live sand dollars on the sea floor
  • Okenia rosacea (Hopkin's rose) from Anacapa Island 7/11/15
  • Peltodoris Mullineri (Mulliner's dorid) at Santa Cruz Island 9/30/16
  • Zebra Goby - they are so skittish it's hard to take a good picture of them
  • Felimare californiensis var. A (California blue dorid ) with eggs from Santa Cruz Island 9/30/16
  • Jorunna pardus (leopard dorid) from Gull Island 5/12/18
  • Navanax inermis from Gull Island 5/12/18
  • Polycera tricolor (three colored nudibranch) from Gull Island 5/12/18
First time I've ever seen this one.
  • Teeny weeny Tritonia festiva (diamond back nudibranch). I was looking for simnia and found this little baby nudi instead
  • Berthella californica (California sidegill) from Santa Barbara Island 8/25-26/18
Not very flashy, but very elegant sea slug
  • Orange throated pike blenny - We made it to the Pelican Reserve on Nov 3, 2018 on the Explorer. I searched all over without luck. I led my group back to the boat and then decided to go down to the reef just under the boat for one last look. I was about to give up when I spotted this little guy poking his head out.
  • Hilton's aeolid (Phidiana hiltoni) is another one of those nudibranchs you sometimes see in the northern Channel Islands. Funny thing is, a lot of the times you don't see them at all, but other times they are all over the place!
  • My very first Pygmy seahorse (Denise's Pygmy seahorse - Hippocampus denise)! The dive guide at Solomon Islands was so good at finding these tiny and very well camouflaged critters.