Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish
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Cuttlefish

Mediterranean cuttlefish, a close relative of squids and octopuses, are captivating cephalopods found in the Mediterranean Sea. These creatures are masters of disguise, using their remarkable ability to change color and texture in an instant to blend into their surroundings or communicate with other cuttlefish.

Interesting Facts

One of their most fascinating features is their unique internal structure known as the cuttlebone, a buoyant, chambered structure that helps them control their buoyancy in the water. Mediterranean cuttlefish are highly intelligent, exhibiting problem-solving abilities and complex behaviors. They are skilled predators, using their two long tentacles to capture prey, and their ink sacs to create smokescreens to escape from predators. These remarkable creatures are a testament to the diversity and adaptability of marine life in the Mediterranean.

Where can you find me?

Common cuttlefish are widespread in the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern Atlantic Ocean. They favor a variety of coastal habitats, including rocky seabeds, sandy bottoms, and seagrass meadows, typically found at depths ranging from 10 to 100 meters. These cephalopods are known for their remarkable adaptability to different environments and their sophisticated camouflage abilities.

You can often spot cuttlefish hiding in the sand at Cynthiana or at the Roman Wall during night dives!

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