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Even if you better should feel guilty...

 

this is an absolute amazing behavourial series!

 

Simon

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Whoa dude! I missed the last shot the first time i looked. For shame for shame!! Cuttles are such nice innocent creatures too :shock:

Funnily enough i don't mind fish getting eaten but cuttles just seem so intelligent. Have seen an octo or two get nailed by white tips and always felt bad.

 

Awesome sequence. What fish is that? Kinda looks like a lizard or something, if so a rather small cuttle no?

 

Well done

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Its a very large lizardfish. I was chasing (guilty!) the cuttle around and then all of a sudden there was an "ink explosion" with a fishtail hanging out of the side of the ink cloud (thats the shot I missed) before the lizard took off - also with me chasing it, but more in a hopeful desperation it would give me back the cuttle.

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Wow....what a sequence, but I hate it when that happens :):D:cry:

 

The lionfish loved me on several night dives in Wakatobi....that's a very strange feeling when you look around and see that you have 2 or 3 foot long lionfish tucked into your shadows....waiting for something tasty

 

Karl

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I'm not getting any images, whether logged on or as a guest. Pictures on all other posts seem to be coming through just fine. I feel very deprived.....

Leslie :)

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Finally got them - what a great set of images! Obviously that cuttle didn't deserve to pass its genes on if it could be distracted by a camera instead of paying attention to the real threat. It's a darwinian world out there. And Cavie, how do you know Paul's not getting a gold star in the Pearly Gates book for being nice to lizardfish?

Leslie

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For some reason...I can't see image 3 as real life...it looks so manipulated?

 

How did it contort like that?

 

~Matt Segal

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That is a fabulous - if a bit sad - sequence. One of my worries shooting u/w is that the effects of my strobes (or even just the distraction of my presence) is going to make one of my subjects more vulnerable to becoming dinner for someone else. Blue trevallies are a particular concern, as they are known to shadow divers on night dives looking for the chance to swoop in on an octopus or the like blinded by the diver's lights. So I know how you feel, but as long as it wasn't intentional....

 

Matt - this strange posture in #3 is not at all uncommon. I'm sure a cephalopod specialist could say exactly what it means, but I believe this is a standard cuttlefish threat/attack posture.

 

Here's a close-up of a larger sepia - one not likely to become lunch for even a big lizardfish - in a similar pose.

 

 

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How did it contort like that?

 

Cuttle fish are extremely pliable, and can change shape and colour second by second. They use colour changes to communicate, and the shape change is probably a ruse aimed at making potential predators confused. A lot of predatory animals focus on a single shape while hunting, and a sudden change in shape can cause them to lose track during a chase.

 

Check out some of the videos on Cephbase, lots of different species doing spectacular shape and colour changes.

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