Curious Creature: Clever crossdressing cuttlefish.

Curious Creature: Clever crossdressing cuttlefish.

It’s a strange world we live in, and once you start diving, it gets freakier.

 

We know that cuttlefishes are champions of camouflage, capable of mimicking not just colour and patterns but textures of their surrounding environment. Even at night! But did you know that they also try to disguise themselves among each other?

 

When it comes to getting the girl, anything goes as some say. Charm can can only get you so far and in the marine world size still matters, but not if you have wits! During the mating season, larger cuttlefish gets first dibs on the females, and sometimes they are 2 or more males to one female. Smaller males that are too small to fight for mates have a clever plan b of getting closer to females without stirring trouble, by mimicking female and male patterns simultaneously!

 

With different patterns split down the middle of its body and tucking in a few tentacles here and there, the smaller male cuttlefish approaches the group showcasing female patterns to the larger male on one side while maintaining his manly visual for the ladies on the other side. The larger male, assuming he’s scored a second mate doesn’t feel threatened and let the ladies mingle and unknowing to him, secretly mate.