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Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Metasepia pfefferi


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.


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


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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Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks very much, 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 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 9 years ago

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

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


Blogie 9 years ago

Thank you, chebeague8!

chebeague8 9 years ago

Cool photo!

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 9 years ago

It is indeed, Ismael. Thanks!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Gorgeous creature

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 9 years ago

Perfectly named! Great spotting

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 9 years ago

It sure was, Donna, thanks!

DonnaPomeroy 9 years ago

The video is amazing. What a thrill for you.

Blogie 9 years ago

It is indeed, Karen :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Very well named!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

It is Incredible congratulations!

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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