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We came across a number of flamboyant cuttlefish in the sand along the bottom of the Lembeh Strait.  The flamboyant cuttlefish (&quot;Pfeffer's Flamboyant Cuttlefish,&quot; <em>Metasepia pfefferi</em>) is so named for the bright coloration it may adopt when approached.  This is a very small beastie; the ones we saw were between two and four inches (say, about 5 to 10 cm) long, including tentacles.  Normally its coloration is very drab -- dull shades of brown, looking like a rock on the sandy bottom where it lives, &quot;walking&quot; around the bottom using its lower arms (tentacles).  But it adopts bright, almost pulsating shades of red, purple, and pink with that distinctive yellow border when disturbed (for instance, by a hulking diver shoving a large camera lens into its &quot;face&quot;).  Like most creatures that may adopt vibrant coloration when disturbed, the bright color is a warning; the flesh of the flamboyant cuttlefish is highly toxic.

We came across a number of flamboyant cuttlefish in the sand along the bottom of the Lembeh Strait. The flamboyant cuttlefish (&quot;Pfeffer's Flamboyant Cuttlefish,&quot; <em>Metasepia pfefferi</em>) is so named for the bright coloration it may adopt when approached. This is a very small beastie; the ones we saw were between two and four inches (say, about 5 to 10 cm) long, including tentacles. Normally its coloration is very drab -- dull shades of brown, looking like...
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