Cute Newborn Cuttles!
The Museum is home to five newborn Stumpy Cuttles! The infant Sepia bandensis (below) were born on the first week of June 2020, hatching from eggs laid by one of our resident cuttles. They currently measure around 7 mm (about 0.3 inch); the species, which may reach 70 mm (2.8 inches), and is native to the Philippines, Indonesia, and neighboring areas.
Our little cuttles look pretty much like their parents, with light-brown to greenish-yellow color, mantles resembling “coats of spines,” and fins with rows of fluorescent, bright blue spots. The photo below shows two cuttles just after hatching from their relatively large brown eggs, also shown in the picture. The little cuttles are fed a diet of mysids (micro-crustaceans), and are under the proficient care of Aquarium Curator Rebecca Mensch and Senior Aquarist Carly Hulse.