The Cuttlefish

We’re excited to announce a new exhibit that will be at the Draper location of The Living Planet Aquarium when we open.  We’ve been raising baby cuttlefish and one of our interns, Cami McKellar, has even conducted some training with them.  (See her videos on YouTube)

Cuttlefish are marine animals that belong to the class Cephalopoda, which means they’re related to squid, octopuses and the nautilus.  There are over 100 species of cuttlefish in the world and they are pretty amazing animals.

Cuttlefish have eight arms that come out of the front of their body and are used to catch prey.  They eat small mollusks, crab, shrimp, octopuses and each other. Cuttlefish are extremely smart and have evolved with some really cool ways to capture prey.

They are sometimes referred to as ‘the masters of disguise’ because of their ability to blend in to match their surroundings almost instantaneously.  When camouflage doesn't work to catch dinner they instead start flashing different colors, which seems to hypnotize other animals in the ocean. 

 Cuttlefish have large, W shaped eyes that are very sophisticated and have no blind spot. They also have three hearts that pump their copper rich, green-blue blood.  Like other cephalopods they have ink that they can use to help evade predators. 

 We’re excited to show off our cuttlefish in a few short months! We look forward to seeing you in Draper!