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Wildlife doesn’t know about the trades descriptions laws!

by Darren

This is a flamboyant cuttlefish mooching about the sands of Sulawesi in Indonesia, one of the few places in the world to find them.  Normally they are a bit more colourful than this but one of the tactics of this tiny creature is to change colour to confuse predators.

However, I think someone needs to call trading standards, as the flam-buoyant cuttlefish is nothing of the sort!  Instead of swimming around the sea they move along the sea floor, like an octopus.  It can swim, just not very well or for very long.  After a few minutes it sinks back down to the bottom, which is one of the reasons that shallower, sandier sites are ideal for finding these beautiful creatures.

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