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.
Keywords: Dwarf Cuttlefish, Gangga, Mark Etter, North Sulawesi, scuba diving, underwater photography
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