MarulaCreative

Nudibranchs, Sea Slugs and more!

Wellington, New Zealand | 74 Sales

MarulaCreative

Nudibranchs, Sea Slugs and more!

Wellington, New Zealand 74 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Announcement   Hand painted 3D printed nudibranchs / sea slugs for decorating your computer monitor!
Also selling jewelry in raw brass, bronze and silver!
www.marulacreative.com
* Get your orders in now for Christmas 2018! Lots of painting to be done *

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Last updated on Oct 29, 2018

Hand painted 3D printed nudibranchs / sea slugs for decorating your computer monitor!
Also selling jewelry in raw brass, bronze and silver!
www.marulacreative.com
* Get your orders in now for Christmas 2018! Lots of painting to be done *

UlaRM

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Hand painted 3D printed nudibranchs / sea slugs for decorating your computer monitor!

What is a Nudibranch?

Nudibranchs or “sea slugs” represent the mollusc phylum, the largest marine phylum (class). Nudibranchs occur in seas worldwide and live at all depths of salt water. To me they represent the beauty of life under the sea. Nudibranchia (scientific name), means naked gills – it describes the feathery gills and horns that most wear on their backs.

Why Nudibranchs?

My first encounter with a nudibranch was at the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve in New Zealand while scuba diving off a live aboard boat along “magic wall”. The well known scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau, rated those islands as one of the top ten dives spots in the world. Nudibranchs are tiny creatures and can easily be missed, but they are so colourful and interesting when encountered. I was hooked and just wanted to see more of them. I tried to take a photo and realised the skill needed for such a small subject, while fighting with the sea current and the need for good lighting to capture their true colours even at around 10 meters under water. I told people about my experience and not many knew about the existence of nudibranchs. They are better known as a sea slug, but not many are aware of the diversity of colour and variety. The fact that I could locate a book on “1001 Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs” meant my search would be never ending to meet them all. Only half the total number of nudibranch species has been discovered so far, despite this numbering an impressive 3000 or so to date. This year two new nudibranchs were recorded in Norway.

I have dived in two other marine reserves in New Zealand. The F69 Frigate wreck in Wellington and the Kapiti Island Marine reserve with a hole-in-the-wall underwater archway filled with jewel anemones. I have seen nudibranchs at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and also in Fiji. My aim is to make sure we get more marine reserves in New Zealand. I have seen the area before the Wellington region got its only marine reserve and I could spot a big difference myself in the marine life!

There are some types of nudibranchs in regions in the world that are endangered, but I look at the bigger picture of their food supply that is slowly disappearing with pollution, climate change and over fishing. I would like my children and their children to be able to meet the little beauties one day in the future too. Apparently they are not the easiest to keep alive in aquariums which means they would decline this way also when captured and are not easy to breed.

To make a difference I would like to create more awareness to protect their environment – New Zealand has a big coastline. I celebrate their beauty by making everyday products or art to show them off. I would like to bring awareness to the community that it is up to us to make a difference. Marine Protected Areas are established through consultation – have your say. The top things we can do as a society today is: clean up, stop over fishing and create marine reserves.

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  • UlaRM

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    My background is 3D Visual Effects. I trained as Graphic Designer and later did 3D Texture Painting on digital models for movies. I also create custom 3D models for clients.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 29, 2018
Thank you very much for your interest in buying my hand painted nudibranch/s and/or jewelry!

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
CourierPost for New Zealand deliveries.
If an item is missing, damaged or delayed see info here which I will follow up on:
http://www.expresscouriers.co.nz/terms-and-conditions/
I will reimburse you if it hasn't arrived after two weeks.


The New Zealand Post Office for international deliveries.
If an item is missing, damaged or delayed see info here which I will follow up on:
https://support.nzpost.co.nz/app/enquiry-form
Please allow up to a month for your package to arrive for international orders. It might just be delayed for some reason. I will reimburse you if it hasn't arrived after 31 days.
Payment
I use PayPal secure system to receive payments.
Shipping
I use CourierPost with signature for deliveries within New Zealand. It takes 1 - 3 working days depending on where you live.
You will be able to track your order:

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/tracking


For international orders (except jewelry or when not selecting a shipping upgrade for other items) I use the New Zealand Post Office International Air service (3 - 10 days delivery target). You will not be able to track your order:

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/business/sending-internationally/parcels/international-air

For Jewelry or shipping upgrades I use the New Zealand Post Office International Courier service (2 - 6 working day delivery target). You will be able to track your order:

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/personal/sending-internationally/letters-documents/international-courier

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/tracking
Additional policies and FAQs
I send your purchased item/s wrapped in bubble wrap and put them inside a small box.

Brass and Bronze: over time the 3D printed Brass and Bronze products tarnish naturally. This can give some beautiful colour changes. To bring it back to it's original colour, a polishing cloth can be used.

My ornaments are intended for older children and adults (Designer Toy or Desk Toy). It is not intended for small children (under age 8) since it contains small parts that could break.