Posted by: Stefan
It seemed to be a pair of cuttlefish that foraged at shallow depths. As they approached they could see that there were 3 cuttlefish: one large, one medium that followed close behind and another slightly more secluded.
As they approached they could see that actually were 4 cuttlefish that were around the other larger. Wow!! 5 cuttlefish together!!! And when, to the astonishment of the two divers, it was revealed that happening there:
The big one cuttlefish was a female who was being courted by a male (he was the one closer and showed a pattern of black and white stripes like drawing of zebras) The other 3 cuttlefish were males as well seeking their opportunity to mate.
They were moving around divers in the few minutes that males tried to approach the female, but the “zebra male” rejected them with aggressive and sudden movements. And the female was waiting patient that the situation was resolved, waiting the most appropriate male.
Then there was another surprise when the female reached out his arms and placed something between coral.
After this, shortly cuttlefish moved quickly and all of them lost in the deep blue sea. When approaching divers to coral, they could see there were eggs that the female had deposited. So the “zebra male” had been all this time making sure that no other male will fertilize herand can make sure that all the eggs are from him.
The title of this blog is a phrase of the poet Pablo Neruda, about love. So there are love in Lembeh strait.
Much! because cuttlefish also want to do the same with her that the spring does with the cherry trees!
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Date Posted: July 28, 2014 @ 7:11 pm Comments (0)