Cuttlefish breeding a success

Researchers are delighted as dozens of baby cuttlefish have been born at the Brighton Sea Life Centre.

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Marine biologists are celebrating the birth of 25 baby cuttlefish - the first ever second generation offspring to be born at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton.

They are being used for research into camouflage by Sussex University as they have the ability to change their skin patterns in less than a second.

Andy Dickenson went to see them in action and spoke to cuttlefish researcher Kerry Perkins.


Baby cuttlefish born will help researchers with study

Three of the twenty-five baby cuttlefish that have been born so far Credit: Brighton Sea Life Centre
Cuttlefish are able to change their skin pattern to camouflage themselves Credit: Brighton Sea Life Centre

A batch of cuttlefish eggs laid by adults that were themselves born at Brighton Sea Life Centre have begun to hatch out.

Twenty-five babies have so far been born. They will be part of a study by the University of Sussex to look at how cuttlefish are able to change their skin patterns for camouflage.

Curator Carey Duckhouse said, "We have provided a special laboratory in the Brighton Sea Life Centre which University researchers are using to learn more about how the cuttlefish brain passes such swift and precise instructions to its body.

"They are genuinely amazing and fascinating creatures and the fact that we are now captive-rearing them means we can provide plenty of subjects for the University's research and rotate them regularly to ensure they suffer no ill effects."

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