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Impressive Cuttlefish Defense Against My GoPro

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Have you ever seen a cuttlefish activate its defense mechanism? It is quite the impressive sight! They are the little warriors of the oceans protecting their territory. Join me on a fun night dive!

In The Dark Of The Night

Last minute I decided to join a friend for a night dive at a familiar beach where we often go enjoy what the ocean has to offer. On this particular night, it was pretty cold outside, it had started to drizzle and we were so excited to jump in the water!

Cruising Around the Ocean Underworld

Once in the ocean, we started looking around for any nocturnal animals of interest. When we happened to come across a very outspoken gem – a territorial cuttlefish ready with his defense!

The King Of His Land

Normally when cuttlefish are calm, they swim around with all their front arms relaxed pointing down in. When this guy saw me, he was at the ready. He swam over to intimidate me and my GoPro. He stick his arms high up in the water. Almost like a boxer holding up two fists to fight their opponent!

The Video

Cuttlefish Defense, Source: Jen Fitschen, Youtube

A Lesson

Here is a perfect example on how to respect wildlife. We venture into their world and their territory, we should respect the locals. I went up to him and he showed me that I was not welcome, so I listened and I backed off and swam away to find some more friendly creatures of the night.

Wrapping Up with the Cuttlefish Defense Mechanism

What a special sighting! I am so thankful for all the incredible moments the ocean has offered me. From sharks, whales and rays, I have been lucky enough to spend time in the presence of incredible ocean animals.

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