Photo of the week – Reef Cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) on coral reef

Everything around the reef is in the process of breeding. Only a week ago we had the coral doing its annual night spawning, and during recent dives I have seen many creatures exhibiting spawning or egg laying behaviour.

Reef Cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) are being seen in larger numbers as they come into the reef to lay eggs in the coral. This weeks Photo of the Week (POTW) is  a Reef Cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) on the coral reef.

Reef cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) on coral reef

Reef Cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) on coral reef

This underwater image is part of my Great Barrier Reef Images project, and was shot using a Canon Powershot G12 while diving on Quicksilver’s Silversonic in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

On this dive we managed to get several other images of a Reef Cuttlefish after it had laid its eggs in a small Acropora cerealis coral head, which I thought balanced the picture well with the cuttlefish.

Reef cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) and Acropora cerealis coral Reef cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) and Acropora cerealis coral

I started to see the increase in cuttlefish numbers around a week ago, and observed a few of them laying eggs. I produced a short video, but was not lucky enough to get a shot of them placing their eggs in the coral, as they shy away if you get too close.

Various Reef Cuttlefish
Run time: 58 sec
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I love the way they change their colour to blend in with the environment, and this is demonstrated well in another of my blog posts Keep the subject in focus and let the camera do the work, which shows a pair of cuttlefish fighting.

Fighting Cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus)
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Run time: 40 sec
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Carl Chapman

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