Ben Eddy

Joined: Sep 20, 2020 Last Active: Apr 20, 2024 iNaturalist Canada

About Me:
I am a naturalist enthralled with the ocean and the diversity of its inhabitants. I have a BSc in Marine Biology and a certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment and I will be starting my MSc at CSULA working in molecular phylogenetics and ecology of Sacoglossans imminently. I have a keen interest in seaslugs, especially sacoglossans, and spend my free time searching for these tiny creatures while tidepooling, snorkeling, and diving. I also frequently spend time scouring through scientific literature and observations on iNat in order to expand my knowledge of the natural world.

I am currently working on an updated field guide to the marine organisms that inhabit Bermudian waters with over 600 species photographed and identified.

I have recently switched to shooting with an Olympus TG-6 and a Backscatter MF-2 strobe.

My naturalist areas of expertise are in Heterobranch seaslugs of the Western Atlantic and the marine life of Bermuda.

Some of my more notable observations:
iNat observation of the day (Favorinus auritulus)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/123395422
iNat observation of the day (Tritonicula hamnerorum)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/170765938
First record of Okenia impexa in Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/149531966
First record of Jorunna spazzola in Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/170762322
First record of Chelidonura hirudinina in Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/175634456
First record of Elysia zuleicae in Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/121511161
First record of Elysia marcusi in Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/170773730
First record of Elysia pawliki from Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/123413624
First record of Elysia jibacoaensis from Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/149286257
An undescribed Elysia sp. from Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/120751798
First record of an inshore Tritonicula hamnerorum outbreak in Bermuda
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/175631835

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