Project Description

Common Cuttlefish

Scientific name: Sepia oficinalis
Size: Up to 45 cm, males tend to be bigger than females
Habitat: Found mainly in sandy and muddy areas, up to 200m offshore and 100m depth


  • Individuals are able to rapidly change colour, when threatened, hunting prey or to blend in with the background.
  • A cuttlefish is a mollusc as it has an internal shell, which we call a cuttlebone.
  • The Cuttlebone is the only thing to remain after death and it is made of Calcium Carbonate.

photo credit: Paul Naylor