TGIF Bonus: Cuttlefish Eats Octopus

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Dr. M (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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6 comments on “TGIF Bonus: Cuttlefish Eats Octopus
  1. Great video, octopus got distracted by the diver and paid the price, too bad it wasn’t a much bigger cuttle that ate the diver instead. Poor octo never stood a chance.

    Seriously though it is also interesting to see the small octo shoot that spanner across the structure like that when it was done checking it out. Then at :26 you knew it was all over for the octopus since the cuttle had the classic hunting posture just prior to striking. I’m just surprised the octopus was so entirely distracted by the tools and diver that it didn’t catch that it was being stalked by a cuttlefish only what, 1-2 inches away? Wonderful creatures cuttlefish!!!

  2. Hard to tell, but seems like the cuttlefish was mimicking the floating debris seen elsewhere in the video.

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