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Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Metasepia pfefferi

Description:

Also known as Pfeffer's Flamboyant Cuttlefish. They feed nocturnally on small fish and crustaceans, and grow to a length of about 8cm. When threatened or alarmed, they change their colors like lightning flashes. This is the only cuttlefish known to be venomous.

Habitat:

Usually found in shallow waters on sand and mud flats, at depths of 3 to 85m. Found across the western Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

Spotted two of these flamboyantly colorful cuttlefish at a depth of about 20m, at a dive site called East Point, north of Samal Island, Philippines.

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22 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks very much, BrandonBlount!

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

Awesome! I love these, they are really amazing in the way they are able to shift their colors and patterns. Superb spotting!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks guys! :)

Yeah, Argybee... I was wondering why you didn't comment here back then. :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Absolutely fabulous Blogie.
Looks like you had it really angry by pic #4 :)
How did I miss this one!
We might need a notifier of uploads for those we follow.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 9 years ago

Nice capture! Cuttlefish are amazing creatures! Thanks for sharing.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Fantastic!!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thank you, chebeague8!

chebeague8
chebeague8 9 years ago

Cool photo!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

@Nopayahnah - Yup! Those rippling colors were very mesmerizing!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Flamboyant indeed. The video is wonderful showing the rippling colors.

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

It is indeed, Ismael. Thanks!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Gorgeous creature

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks, Christy & Cindy!

@ChristyHolland - It was very annoyed with me, I guess, and that's why it was changing colors. (Not all cuttlefish can change colors like the flamboyant, though.)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Perfectly named! Great spotting

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Fantastic! I never knew they got that colorful!! Beautiful shots! The video really shows the color patterns...amazing how quickly they change!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

It sure was, Donna, thanks!

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 9 years ago

The video is amazing. What a thrill for you.

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

It is indeed, Karen :)

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Very well named!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

It is Incredible congratulations!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks, Gerardo! It was such a wonderful first-time experience for me yesterday when I saw them!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow amazing grate series Blogie!!
Video is grate

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Compostela Valley, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 24, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012

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