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 05 Dec 2021

  • Start Date: Sun 05 Dec 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. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Friday 10 Dec 2021

  • Start Date: Fri 10 Dec 2021 at 10:00

This site is one of our favourites and is usually conducted as a drift dive with the incoming tide. Step off the rocks into the big blue and let your self be taken along the wall, looking for weedy seadragons, rays and Pj’s. Its always good to get to the site early to get set up and then park your car at the exit point. The second dive will be held at The Steps. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Sunday 12 Dec 2021

  • Start Date: Sun 12 Dec 2021 at 10:00

This site is one of our favourites and is usually conducted as a drift dive with the incoming tide. Step off the rocks into the big blue and let your self be taken along the wall, looking for weedy seadragons, rays and Pj’s. Its always good to get to the site early to get set up and then park your car at the exit point. The second dive will be held at The Steps. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site. Do not forget to join us after the dive at the shop for our Beer and Pizza session from 3pm to 5pm.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Friday 17 Dec 2021

  • Start Date: Fri 17 Dec 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. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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The Steps - Shore Dive Saturday 18 Dec 2021

  • Start Date: Sat 18 Dec 2021 at 09:00

This is a double dive at the Steps in Kurnell National Park. Spot the weedy sea dragons on the sand line and enjoy the sponges! Keep an eye out for the pot belly seahorses! Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Sunday 19 Dec 2021

  • Start Date: Sun 19 Dec 2021 at 09:00

This is a single guided christmas dive with a BBQ in the park afterwards. Make sure you wear your santa hat! If you would like to do two dives you are more than welcome, but only the first one will be lead ad the Divemaster will be cooking the Barbeque afterwards. 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. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Wednesday 29 Dec 2021

  • Start Date: Wed 29 Dec 2021 at 09:00

This site is one of our favourites and is usually conducted as a drift dive with the incoming tide. Step off the rocks into the big blue and let your self be taken along the wall, looking for weedy seadragons, rays and Pj’s. Its always good to get to the site early to get set up and then park your car at the exit point. The second dive will be held at The Steps. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Thursday 30 Dec 2021

  • Start Date: Thu 30 Dec 2021 at 08:00

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. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Sunday 02 Jan 2022

  • Start Date: Sun 02 Jan 2022 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. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site. Do not forget to join us after the dive at the shop for our Beer and Pizza session from 3pm to 5pm.

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