Hexabranchus sanguineus Ruppell and Leuckart, 1828
This week we are going to depart from the usual venue somewhat and report on an extradinoratory sequence of photographs taken by Dave Mulliner of the "Giant Spanish Dancers" of Pescador Island, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines. The PARC Map Viewer at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center has been enabled to allow the reader some familiarity with the geographical location. For years, those of us who been diving Pescador Island in the Philippines were aware of the lore of the giant Hexabranchus sanguineus that were said to reside there, but few outside the native divers have ever seen them. The fact that they are rarely seen and their size of nearly two (2) feet leads many to believe that they are primarily deep water dwellers.
Dave Mulliner had the good fortune to be advised by a local diver upon his arrival at Moalboal a few years back, that a swiss diver has seen a pair of the "giants" in 140 feet of water at the base of an under water cave. Dave was able in three days of diving was able to capture pre-coital behaviour and eventual coupling of the pair, followed by egg mass laying.
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