In January, we were talking with Jeff about sightings of Hopkins' Rose nudibranchs in northern California this year — see that post on 3 January 2015. (We're thinking their appearance is based in part on warm ocean water.) Then Jeff said, "P.S. I would also expect higher than usual numbers of Doriopsilla albopunctata."
Jeff is one of the most experienced nudibranch observers on the West Coast. So I wasn't surprised when his prediction started coming true.
Although I've seen Salted Dorids in this area before, their numbers definitely seem to be higher this year, so it's a good time to watch for them if you're in rocky tidepool areas.
Here are two more pictures — a small individual and a close-up:
Given how warm the water has been for the past 7 months, it's possible that 2015 could be a very interesting year for nudibranchs in this area.