Black eggs

Cuttlefish only visit Britain's warmer southern waters in summer, and stay with us for a couple of months. Once they've mated they lay their eggs which are usually attached to seagrass - but an old bit of mooring rope is an equally good nursery. As they begin to emerge the eggs are first fertilised by sperm stored near the female's mouth, then they are stained with ink to camouflage them.They emerge from a tube beneath her tentacles, and their stalk is twined about the rope to anchor them safely. They'll take about six weeks to develop. The mini-replica of the adult is about the size of a pea. Even at this stage it can squirt ink and is a master of camouflage.

Release date: 13 Dec 2010

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Role Contributor
PresenterMartha Holmes
Camera OperatorAndrew Mcclenaghan
Camera OperatorMichael Pits
Camera OperatorMichael Pitts
Camera OperatorPeter Scoones
Camera OperatorSimon Graham
Camera OperatorRob Brownhill
Sound RecordistPeter Hicks
Sound RecordistMike Burgess
ProducerMike Salisbury
ProducerRoger R. Jones
DirectorMark Jacobs

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