Mesmerising ‘Spanish dancer’ is spotted off the coast of Australia in a coral reef – but what is the vibrant blob?

A ‘Spanish dancer’ has been spotted putting on a vibrant display along the coast of Western Australia.

But it was not a dance performance as the name suggests – instead it was a sea slug just going about its daily business.

The scientifically named Hexabranchus sanguineus is commonly known as the Spanish dancer, with it bearing a striking resemblance to a flamenco dancer’s skirt.

One was recently captured floating in the waters of Coral Bay, about 1200km north of Perth, with its red and orange hues leaving those who saw the image mesmerised.

The scientifically named Hexabranchus sanguineus is a sea slug commonly referred to as the Spanish dancer because its movement resembles that of a flamenco dancerThe scientifically named Hexabranchus sanguineus is a sea slug commonly referred to as the Spanish dancer because its movement resembles that of a flamenco dancer
One of the sea slugs was captured in the waters of Coral Bay, 1200km north of Perth, this weekOne of the sea slugs was captured in the waters of Coral Bay, 1200km north of Perth, this week

When a photo of the Hexabranchus sanguineus – translated to blood-coloured six-gills – was posted to Facebook this week, many were left in awe of the sea creature.

Others also shared their own images of the sea slug from the same spot over the years, describing the marine mollusk as ‘amazing’.

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