Gumboot reproduction and dispersal

For those that wonder what it looks like for and invertebrate to spray its gametes into the water, the following photo is of a gumboot chiton doing just that.  On this particular dive several years ago I saw several doing this so I wonder if sex was in the air (water) so to speak so they all knew to do it at once.What was interesting was that they reared up, curled so you could actually see an opening and then this milky substance started coming out.  I only saw it this one day but it was pretty interesting.

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