Creature Feature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Metasepia pfefferi, also known as The Flamboyant Cuttlefish, is a species of cuttlefish occurring in tropical Indo-Pacific waters off northern Australia, southern New Guinea, as well as numerous islands of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Flamboyant Cuttlefish can be seen at many of the dive sites in Puerto Galera, and is a big favourite with divers, due to it’s amazing colour changing camouflage.

The species is active during the day and has been observed hunting fish and crustaceans. It employs complex and varied camouflage to stalk its prey. The normal base color of this species is dark brown. Individuals that are disturbed or attacked quickly change colour to a pattern of black, dark brown, white, with yellow patches around the mantle, arms, and eyes. The arm tips often display bright red coloration to ward off would-be predators.


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