Photo Friday: Alive

Flamboyant Cuttlefish ready to hatch Ned DeLoach
Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Metasepia pfefferi, ready to hatch from its egg.

Our submission for this week’s Photo Friday topic: Alive is tiny a Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi), about to hatch. We’ve shot this several times over the years; the first time was in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia in 2006. At the time, we had no idea how to tell when the cuttlefish would hatch, so we spent hours and hours over many days, watching them. We finally learned that when they are ready, the developed cuttlefish would turn these dark red, purple and orange colors, then suddenly without any other warning, pop out, a fully formed miniature of the adult.