Mediterranean Underwater Biodiversity Project


8/B Cuttle fish - Sepia officinalis

Among the cephalopod mollusks, all with a parrot beak-shaped mouth, it has the biggest and most dangerous beak in relation to the size of the animal. It has an ovoid body that can reach 30-35 cm in length. It is also very skilled in the art of camouflage and can expel ink in case of danger, which is particularly dense and effective in comparison to that of its closer relations. It has ten tentacles, two of which are longer and retractable into special pockets. Dorsally, in the mantle cavity, it has a flat calcified shell, improperly called "cuttlefish bone"