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Giant Cuttlefish

Like their close relatives the squid and octopus, cuttlefish are alien-like creatures with some seriously strange adaptations.

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Giant Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish use amazing colour and texture changes to impress mating partners, mesmerise prey and evade predators. This incredible species can perfectly camouflage into their surroundings using thousands of tiny cells in their skin, even though they are colour blind.

Hearty Creatures

Giant Cuttlefish have three hearts, a doughnut-shaped brain and a jet propulsion system for extremely fast getaways.

Inking

If discovered, the Giant Cuttlefish releases black ink to obscure its attacker's view, giving it time to swim away.

As well as allowing cuttlefish to escape under cover of darkness, their ink may serve as a warning signal to others.

Did you know?

Ink used in fountain pens was originally from cuttlefish!

Giant Cuttlefish Facts:

  • Common Name: Giant Cuttlefish
  • Scientific Name:  Sepia apama
  • Habitat: Coastal waters
  • Diet: Fish, crabs and other crustaceans
  • Size: Up to 1m
  •  Range: Southern Australia, including Tasmania
  • Threats: Tourism, habitat loss and pollution
  • Conservation Status: Near threatened
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