In the depths of the seas and oceans there are treasures of beauty of fauna and aquatic flora. The Spanish dancer is certainly one of them.
It was during a night dive in the Red Sea that I had the chance to cross it for the first time.
While I first took it for a big mollusk, I learned later that the Spanish dancer is a mollusc who is actually part of the incredible family of nudibranchs.
It is even the largest of the nudibranchs since even though it usually measure about 30 cm, it can reach the size of 60 cm.
Her flattened body was decorated with a bouquet of retractable gills floating in the stream and giving my Spanish dancer a funny look. Although the juvenile Spanish dancers are rather yellowish or whitish and the adult individuals generally of orange-red color, my Spanish dancer encountered during this night dive was uniformly red, brilliant.
Placed on the corals, the beautiful annimal did not dance but was resting peacefully winding the edges of her beautiful delicate coat against it. I wanted to tickle her to see her move and dance in front of me. Of course, I did not bother her and just watched her with amazement. I had heard that this beautiful annimal lives in symbiosis with a tiny shrimp certainly hidden in the fold of her dress.
I looked around without touching it, because as incredible as it may seem, if she loses her tiny shrimp (especially when is disturbed and must run away), the Spanish dancer dies.
Still a good reason not to touch marine animals. Besides, it is not every day that I meet a creature of the seas as magnificent, to look at it is enough to make my day !
During a subsequent dive, I was lucky enough to fall in love with her spawn, which is also beautiful.
If you are traveling to the Red Sea, on the eastern coasts of Africa, Japan, Australia or any other tropical or subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific Basin, perhaps you will have the immense chance to see this magnificent nudibranch.
Resist the temptation to touch the Spanish dancer to see her move and make your most beautiful picture because she would risk losing her shrimp and die.
Just enjoy watching this video here bellow
Do not forget to be happy …