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Nudis, Octos, and Bioluminescent Jewelry from the ‘The Slug and Kraken’

For those of you obsessed with nudis and octos, The Slug and Kraken has answered your siren call. Handcrafted, ocean-inspired art pieces, by talented artist Starsha Battrick, surge from the depths of her love of sea slugs, octopus, and all things mythological.

These unique and very accurate replicas of sea life are made from resin using molds she creates herself. She adds her Midas Touch to finish each piece into a work of art that you can wear. She uses titanium posts for all earring studs, the most hypoallergenic material there is. The highlight is that she uses additives in the resin so the pieces glow-in-the-dark, which is a direct tribute to the magical bioluminescence she experienced on her first night dive when she surfaced in a dinoflagellate bloom with the Milky Way above.

Slug and Kraken artist Starsha Battrick
Slug and Kraken artist Starsha Battrick

Nudibranch stud earrings accompanied by hand-sketched identification cards of the specific species are US$35 – $60 (~€32 – ~€55). Available in jellyfish, coy fish and tiny octos, too.

Glow-in-the-dark stickers for your scuba tank will charge in the daylight and emit their glow while on your night dive. These range from $4 – $7.50 (~€3.60 – ~€6.80).

The Octopus tentacles fake-gauges range from $50 – $70 (~€45 – ~€63) and other ocean pieces, which are also bioluminescent, are $39 – $120 (~€35 – ~€110).

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Nola Schoder
Nola Schoder
Nola is a journalist, visual storyteller and award-winning underwater photographer specializing in marine life, conservation and dive travel. A dive pro for 10+ years and an avid freediver, she started diving in San Diego, CA, and traversed the globe until landing in Miami. She holds a master's in Marine Conservation and works extensively documenting research, mostly with sharks and rays, and even has an individual manta ray named after her. Above water, she is generally on a gastronomic adventure or hiking for a view of our blue planet.