Giant Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are the most incredible looking creatures.

Giant Cuttlefish Of Sydney

The Giant Cuttlefish is generally found hiding in caves and crevices and is generally very curious when approached by divers. When divers approach they will often come forward to investigate and they appear to like divers objects that have bright fluorescent colours (such as green and pink). Giant Cuttlefish have been seen following divers that wear brightly coloured fins.

Size

A Cephalopod – “head-and-foot animal” Popular name of any ten-armed cephalopod of the family Sepiidae, particularly the common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis.Giant Cuttlefish are big. Very big. They can grow up to a metre in length and can weigh over 10kg. In fact, they are the largest cuttlefish in the world and they're only found in Australia. 

 

Distribution

The Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) is the largest cuttlefish species in the family Sepidae. It is found around the southern part of Australia from southern Queensland around the south to Coral Bay in Western Australia, including all of Tasmania. The Giant Cuttlefish is generally found hiding in caves and crevices and is generally very curious when approached by divers. When divers approach they will often come forward to investigate and they appear to like divers objects that have bright fluorescent colours (such as green and pink). Giant Cuttlefish have been seen following divers that wear brightly coloured fins.

Giant Cuttle Fish Around Sydney

In Sydney waters, May to  August is the typical mating period for giant cuttlefish and the best time to see them. The best locations to find them include Oak Park, Cape Solander and VooDoo

Appearance

Cuttlefish are the most incredible looking creatures. A cuttlefish has ten arms (eight shorter and two longer tentacles) and a chalky internal shell. This part is what you often find washed up on the shore (budgie food). One pair of arms is longer than the rest and is used to capture prey.

The giant cuttlefish is excellent at changing colours and camouflage. They can often be seen with their body pulsating different colours, especially during mating season. During winter they come together to mate, and after spawning most cuttlefish will die. Cuttlefish bones are often found washed up on beaches indicating that the breeding season is over. The mantle length of the Giant Cuttlefish can reach up to half a metre and the species can grow to a total length of 1 metre.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Saturday 23 Jan 2021

  • Start Date: Sat 23 Jan 2021 at 10:00

This is a double dive with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla. Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Sunday 24 Jan 2021

  • Start Date: Sun 24 Jan 2021 at 10:00

This is a double dive with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla. Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Tuesday 26 Jan 2021

  • Start Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021 at 08:30

This is a double dive with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla. Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Friday 29 Jan 2021

  • Start Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021 at 10:00

This is a double dive with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla. Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Friday 05 Feb 2021

  • Start Date: Fri 05 Feb 2021 at 10:00

This is a double dive with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla. Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Saturday 06 Feb 2021

  • Start Date: Sat 06 Feb 2021 at 10:00

This is a double dive with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla. Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone.

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The Steps Friday 12 Feb 2021

  • Start Date: Fri 12 Feb 2021 at 10:00

The Steps is a great dive site, especially if you want to see weedy seadragons. During slack tide (or an incoming current) is the best time to dive. Once you're in, head north until you reach the sand line. To the east (heading out of the bay), after some kelp, the dive opens up into many rocks covered in sponges with all sorts of fish life. To make a change of scenery on the way back, you can head into shore and the scenery becomes dense with large boulders; a great place for giant cuttlefish to be hiding out. The west of the entry/exit point can also be done as a dive. Depending on the tide, you can do a drift dive from the Steps around to Sutherland Point or the Monument. To the west of the entry point is large boulders, some sponge covered rocks and some interesting swim-throughs. This is also a great spot to see Weedy Seadragons.

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