VOTD: Beautiful, but Deadly

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The flamboyant cuttlefish performs a hypnotic dance across the ocean floor. But don’t be fooled by its beauty—this flashy cephalopod could be deadly. Filmmaker and biologist Shane Siers captured the cryptic creature in Puerto Galera, Philippines. “Usually no more than three inches [in length], their small stature is offset by big and bizarre behavior and literally flashy coloration,” he says. “They usually move around by ‘walking’ along the [seafloor], moving the bottom of the mantle back and forth in a comical, elephant-like shuffle while undulating their fins and waving their brightly colored tentacles.”

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