Monday, May 5, 2008

Spanish Dancer at Lau Lau

As we were heading in from part one of our dive at Lau Lau Sunday morning, I noticed this guy crawling along the rocks, it's a Spanish Dancer nudibranch, or a Hexabranchus sanguineus. This one happened to be a brilliant shade of orange. So I took several pictures of him crawling around on the bottom before I let him give everyone a demonstration of his swimming abilities.Here you see him starting to take off on his journey with his skirt all unfurled. They are called Spanish Dancers because the white fringe looks like the fringe on a skirt worn by a lady doing a spanish dance. They are really quite amazing to watch, and since I realize that most of you have probably never seen one of them do their thing, I took a little video to let you enjoy it as well.

4 comments:

KelliOnSaipan said...

Wow, he was so cool to swim with, and the video turned out just awesome. A real underwater adventure. See hon, there's even dancing underwater. : )

Tamara said...

wow, that was very cool to watch. I have never seen anything like it before...thanks!

jake rhymes with cake said...

i lived in saipan for 4 months in 2006, and the ONE nudibrach that i wanted to see was this guy... never did it happen. but of course you not only got to see it, but also video'd it.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! i knew they were there ... how could a person miss a nudibrach of that magnitude?! lol!

Harry Blalock said...

Truly my pleasure Tami & Jake. I knew from how much everyone on the dive enjoyed seeing him, that a few others who don't have the opportunity to go down and look for themselves might really enjoy seeing him too.