Are Cuttlefish Cuddly?

Cuttlefish are a type of cephalopod–a marine invertebrate closely related to the squid and octopus. Cephalopods have long been a favorite group of mine, and I recently came across a couple of cool videos about cuttlefish mating behaviors. One of the really cool things about cephalopods (cuttlefish included) is their ability to change the color of their skin. This ability depends on certain cells in their skin called chromatophores. Anyway, here are some really cool videos in which you can see dominant males intimidate smaller males in order for the larger, dominant males to monopolize females. Thanks to for highlighting these videos!

To answer the question in my title–they’re not really cuddly at all. In fact, I bet they’re kinda slimy.


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