A Full Moon, Creepy-Crawlies, And a Tidal Pool

 

What more can one ask for on a lovely, quiet summers evening?

We had so much fun and a lot of interesting sightings on the evening of 2 January. Xavier Zylstra and Russel Stevens from 2 Oceans Aquarium’s education department joined us to share some of their valuable insights and knowledge with the group.

Some of our sightings included lots of cuttlefish, octopus, crabs, and even a little puffer fish floating around in one of the little pools. One can go on for hours and never be bored. Tidal pools never cease to amaze!

 

About Cuttlefish: Cuttlefish are in fact mollusks and falls under the same class of Cephalopoda as octopus, nautilus, and squid. They have big eyes and a large head with 8 non-retractable arms and 2 tentacles.

At least six species of cuttlefish are regularly found in South African waters. The most abundant species in South Africa is the Southern cuttlefish (Sepia australis), the Common cuttlefish (Sepia vermiculata) are most frequently seen by divers which is endemic to South Africa.

Ink that is being released by most species of cuttlefish is used as an escape mechanism for predators.

 

Source: Oceanadventures.co.za