Cuttlefish in Dar es Salaam

scuba diving

A cuttlefish (Sepiida) photographed on the sea floor while scuba diving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Cuttlefish, although color-blind, are able to to rapidly alter their skin color, pattern as well as the shape of the skin in order to camouflage themselves, to communicate to other Cuttlefish in Dar es Salaam and as a display to warn off potential predators. They create chromatically complex patterns, without the ability to perceive color, through some mechanism which isn’t yet understood. Their ability to assess their surroundings and match the color, contrast and texture of the substrate, even in total darkness is quite fascinating. Learn more about cuttlefish here.

Photo was shot with a Sony DSC-RX100M II CameraCuttlefish in Dar es Salaam 2 in a Nauticam housing with a INON S-2000 StrobeCuttlefish in Dar es Salaam 2, a hand-mounted SOLA 2100 Video Light and a Sola P1200 red focus light.