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Flamboyant Cuttlefish at the Cal Academy- 01.27.12

fcuttlefish1.jpg The latest from our resident zoologist and London-based editor, Justine Aw.

A zoo and aquarium regular, I love discovering new creatures and one of my favorite aquarium specimens in the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences was the Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi), a colorful species native to the tropical Indo-Pacific. True to their common name, these cuttlefish are incredibly beautiful and mesmerizing to see in action. See more photos and videos on the next page!

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As fascinating as these animals are in photos, their changing colors and movement are even more enchanting! These videos are not our footage from the academy, but even more amazing behavior of wild cuttlefish!

Flamboyant Cuttlefish hunting with their incredible retractable tongues.

Two incredible videos of wild Flamboyants in the Lembeh Strait, including hatching!

And here’s one last video from (a target=”blank” href=”http://video.calacademy.org/details/288”>behind the scenes at the California Academy of Sciences!

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I love cuttlefish in general and this one is so beautiful. It looks like an orchid.

----- Nathan 28.01.12 08:39

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