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 Sunday 30 Jun 2019

  • Start Date: Sun 30 Jun 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am 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. We will then have a presentaiton back on the dive center the Gloomy Octopus; "How Brains are Better Than Bones". Karina Teuma is a guest speaker. The usual pizza and beer will be provided

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Friday 05 Jul 2019

  • Start Date: Fri 05 Jul 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am 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.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Sunday 14 Jul 2019

  • Start Date: Sun 14 Jul 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am 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.

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