A netizen uploaded a video showing a bizarre sea creature captured from the Mauritian lagoon on Sunday October 24.
Initially, the netizen was confused about the identity of the sea creature. Users could not determine its identity but later on, we confirmed that it is a ‘danseuse espagnole’ (Spanish dancer).
The Spanish dancer is a large dorid nudibranch which can grow up to a maximum length of 60 cm. However, the commonly observed size is between 20 and 30 cm long. Its body coloration is generally orange-red speckled with multiple small white dots but it also can be uniformly bright red or yellow with red scattered spots. Its body is soft and flattened, the anterior dorsal portion has a pair of retractable rhinophores and the posterior part has six contractile gills inserted independently in the body. The pair of oral tentacles are constituted by a fin flexible membrane provided with large digital lobes.