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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

So many people believe the underwater world of California is drab and lacks color. I beg to differ!

Navanax inermis from Gull Island 5/12/18

Navanax inermis from Gull Island 5/12/18

  • 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.
  • Austraeolis stearnsi
  • 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
  • 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