Here ye! Here Ye! Today marks the day in which we raise our glasses to all that is good in the world. Squid and Cuttlefish. Throw your tentacles in the air and wave them like you just don’t care and get to celebrating some of the coolest cephalopods in the sea.
However, a word of caution whilst you go forth and proclaim your cephalove to the world (which you better do or we will set our Kraken on you). Not all cuttlefish are as cuddly as their name might incline you to believe. Take for instance, the Flambouyant Cuttlefish, Metasepia pfefferi. At first glance, you may be mesmerized by the pint-sized tentacle cuteness, rainbow coloration that rivals a skittles commercial, and sparkling personality. Alas, do not be fooled as you go in to be the big spoon to this almighty cuddle puddle. M. pfefferi is more toxic than a Britney Spears song. Well, actually researchers think more on the toxicity level of it’s Blue-ringed octopus brethren who use chemicals known as tetrodotoxins to kill their prey (or any puny humans that come along). Unlike these guys however, toxins that make the Flamboyant Cuttlefish most uncuddle-able have yet to be classified.
So continue on with your tentacular celebrations good people, but just keep this in mind…
Norman, M., Debelius, H. 2000. Cephalopods – A World Guide, Conchbooks, Germany.