This was the fourth Sea Slug Census for Lord Howe Island, an event organised by Stephen Smith at Southern Cross University and hosted by the Lord Howe island Museum. The project, over a 3-day period, encourages the public to venture out snorkelling, scuba diving and rockpool searching to find and photograph as many sea slug species as they can. The results are tallied up and published in a report given to each participant. This is a valuable Citizen Science project that documents changing marine species with Climate Change. This year a total of 56 different species were recorded, of which 12 had not been found in the previous censuses, and the first record of Tambja limaciformis on Lord Howe Island.
There are also sea slug events in many other parts of the country – notification of these will be made through the Sea Slug Census Facebook site: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/seaslugcensus/)