Cuttle fish , Apo Reef , Philippines


Cuttlefish are marine molluscs with eight arms and two  tentacles with  denticulated suckers, with which they catch their prey.

Cuttlefish are sometimes referred to as the ‘Chameleons of the Sea” because of their ability to rapidly alter their skin colour  and texture which can  occur within one second. Cuttlefish change colour and pattern   and the shape of the skin to communicate to other cuttlefish, as camouflage 0r to to warn off potential predators.

Studies indicate cuttlefish to be among the most intelligent invertebrates and also have one of the largest  brain-to-body ratios of all invertebrates.

Cuttlefish have ink stores that are used for chemical deterrence, sensory distraction, and evasion when attacked . The dark coloured ink is referred to as sepia. Cuttlefish are able to communicate visually using a diverse range of signals. To produce these signals, they can vary four types of communication elements:  skin coloration, skin texture , posture  and locomotion.

Apo Reef is the second largest contiguous coral reef in the world and the largest one in the Philippines.



Original:  Oil on canvas ; 12 x 16″  (305 x 410mm) ;unframed

Limited Edition Print : Available as Giclee print on finest quality paper or  canvas. International shipment

Sizes available: 8 x 12″(203 x 305 mm); 12 x 16″(305 x 410mm); 18 x 24″(457 x 610 mm); 24 x 32″ (610 x 813mm)

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Will post rolled up  in  a tube with Certificate of Authenticity, number of the print and artist’s signature.