Water Temp: ??c
Bottom Time: 140minutes
Max Depth: 5m
Details: This was going to be our last dive at Whyalla and conditions were fantastic. great vis, no current and lots of cuttlefish around engaging in all sorts of behavior. I started out the back in the deeper water and wanted to try to get some solitary cuttlefish shots with sunbursts in the background. One put on a great show for me, and i got the shot i’ve always been after, with a cuttlefish lunging at its pretty with tentacles spread and ready to devour. In shallower waters, the courting and guarding of the females was underway, with groups of eager males trying to muscles in on the dominant males action. The dominant male would spread out his mantle as a protective shield to keep the advancing competitors at bay. On one occasion, a small male got too pushy and the large male lept at it and grabbed him in his tentacles, drawing in the smaller male into its mouth. It nearly had him totally consumed, and in a last moment of desperation sent out a huge ink cloud into the large males mouth. I watched as a cloud of Cuttlefish ink arose out of the vents of the large cuttlefish and the small one made its escape from the jaws (or beak) of inevitable death. Sadly this was our last dive, but there is so much interesting behavior to observe at this unique aggregation, and i hope its preserved well into the future for greater understanding of these creatures and their breeding rituals.
Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes + YS-D1