Behind the disguise of the Broadclub Cuttlefish in Lembeh lies a very clever little critter. The little guy is present at almost every dive site in Lembeh. These beautiful pictures were taken by our guests, Victor and Lynn, and also Manuela.
The Broadclub Cuttlefish or, Sepia latimanus, is the second largest of all the Cuttlefish. They can grow up to 50 centimeters and up to 10kg in weight and have the incredible ability of changing, not only the colour of their skin, but also the texture. By changing their appearance like this, they can hide themselves from predators. This is also handy for ambushing prey such as Crustaceans, Octopus, Fish and other Cuttlefish. Their amazing colour change is also a big part of the mating ritual. The male Cuttlefish change their colour in order to attract a mate. The female can and usually does, mate with many ‘suitors’ and once fertilized, she lays around 200 eggs. Unfortunately, she then dies soon after this. The average life expectancy of a Broadclub Cuttlefish is 1 to 2 years.
Lembeh showed off many other critters this week to our guests. More sightings of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Wunderpus Octopus, Mimic Octopus, Giant Frog Fish, Decorator Crabs, Ornamental Spider Crabs and so much more!
We had the pleasure of welcoming back return guests, Massimo, Tarja and Jari this week. They have all been to Lembeh many times and are still loving the weird and wonderful creatures every single dive.
Our guests this week were from the USA, Austria, Italy and Finland.