Holy Critters and Cuttlefish Coitus Batman!

February 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I was witness to the crimes of passion of two dwarf cuttlefish in Gangga recently on a 4 day extension from Raja Ampat in North Sulawesi. Dwarf cuttlefish are usually hard to spot, however, these two were clearly preoccupied with their mating ritual and didn't mind the paparazzi. I thought the one cuttlefish was acting rather strange as she struck a flirtatious pose right in front of me. Multiple color changes ensued until the male made his move. They paid no attention to my macro focus port as I captured multiple images of their dance. Perhaps they saw their reflection in my camera lens.

I felt somewhat guilty as the two cuttlefish continued. They were turning pale and their texture became smooth.

A wrestling match followed with more rapid color changes. The male's skin changed to show more bristles.

When it was over, they both appeared to be blushing with a brilliant bright red display.

 


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