Unique story and photos of a Harlequin shrimp shedding it's skin prior to mating

I was on the hunt.
They'd been rumours of a pair of harlequin shrimps hiding out on one of our daily dive sites in Koh Ha, Thailand but as of yet no one could tell you exactly where, that or they were keeping it to themselves.
The most info I could get out of anyone was that they were near a bubble coral, easy I thought and armed with my camera off I jolly well went.
You know, you never realise there's quite so much bubble coral down there until you start looking .I'd been given an area of about 10 square metres and I was on to my last, of seemingly 30, bubble corals when coming up from below the last remaining one I spied a load of blue legs sticking out, got ya!
I'd only ever seen 2 sets of harlequin shrimps in 9 years of full time diving and was understandably chuffed to bits with my find and highly anticipating the conversation I was going to have back on the boat in my mind when I suddenly realised that whilst taking pictures of one of the shrimps It had started to do something weird.
It had gone from being up and about and walking around to laying itself flat pressed hard against the coral, I had a sudden pang of guilt that I had given it some sort of fit from all the flashing of my strobe, then I realised that it was shaking or vibrating, looked ominous, so just in case it was about to explode I thought I should document it.
Then right before my eyes it broke in 2 and over a period of 30 seconds to a minute it pulled it's front out of it's carapace followed shortly by it's rear.
To be honest with you I wasn't completely sure it had just happened until I got back to the boat and checked the pictures on a larger screen.
I had no idea they did this, but after a bit of reading and research, apparently they do it every 18 days and when it's the female, which I believe it was, it's the foreplay part of their mating ritual, a sort of striptease I guess, nice to know we are not on our own on that one.
I'm still amazed at how lucky I was to witness this and to have had my camera ready but I can't help being a little sad that if I had stayed around a little longer I could have seen some shrimp nookie!
Single Harlequin shrimp beginning to shed it's outer skin / carapace with brown coral background. Koh Ha, Thailand, Asia
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