Today I want to write about one of the most colourful animals found in Australian waters, the giant Australian cuttlefish.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These strange looking animals grow up to 1 metre long, making them the largest species of cuttlefish in the world.
- They have 8 arms and 2 longer tentacles which are used to catch their prey. They are very good at camouflaging themselves and can change the shape and texture of their skin to look like rocks, seaweed and sand.
- Giant Australian cuttlefish spend most of their days resting, conserving their energy so that they can grow faster.
- At breeding time, they gather in large numbers, with the males outnumbering the females. The males put on a show, using their ability to change colour to attract females. The females lay the eggs in caves and crevices, dying soon after.
- Giant Australian cuttlefish are found along the southern coast of Australia. They are considered near threatened due to over fishing although there is a ban on fishing them now, so hopefully their numbers rise in the future.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about giant Australian cuttlefish?