I always thought that cuttlefish were amazing creatures. It's ability to communicate silently, via posturing, and rapid color pattern changes, shows
that it is one of the BIG-Brains of the Phylum Mollusca.
One species really takes it a step further. The Flamboyant Cuttlefish.
These little dudes spent a lot of time just "walking around" the sea floor.
Seemingly unaware of the danger that could be lurking around the next corner.
Scientist's were puzzled at first, why do these guys seem to feel they own the highway? It turns out that these are the ONLY species of poisonous
cuttlefish known. The poison is contained throughout the body, in the muscles.
Their bizarre skin texturing, and color changes are the STOP SIGN, to other creatures. Much as the colorful poison Arrow Frogs announce their
deadliness to potential predators. Pfeffers Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Bones themselves are not poisonous, it's the cells in the tissue membranes that are poisonous. These guys are sweet mollusks, cephalopods, with a
foot split into tentacles and an internal shell. They are intelligent creatures and one of the most simplistic (in terms of cladograms and all that)
animals with relatively great vision.
Most cephalopods in the phylum mollusca are highly advanced. Look at the mimic octopus for another great example.
Nice videos. It's just that sea critters are so intelligent just by observing their behaviors in the wild. When you do pursue your interest, please
let us know your findings about their 'smartness'. I'm sure people would stop eating them once they know that both their beauty and brains really
matter when alive than on the menu.
I've always been impressed with cuttlefish but I have to say I have never seen a video of a cuttlefish like that. Thanks for the post. Oh, one time
a friend of mine made me watch videos of a Mantis Shrimp. Those things are crazy too. If you have not already, go look up some videos.
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