Flamboyant cuttlefish - Metasepia pfefferi by Andrew Trevor-Jones


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© Copyright 2011 Andrew Trevor-Jones

Flamboyant cuttlefish, Metasepia pfefferi, at Ken’s Reef, Kapalai, Sabah, Malaysia. Depth: 10.4 metres

Nikon D300, Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D, Ikelite housing, Flat port, DS161+DS125 strobes

ISO 200, 1/200, f/16

This was the number one animal I wanted to see and photograph on my trip to Borneo. Shortly after arriving at the resort we went on a “check dive” straight out from the dive centre. I didn’t have time to get the camera read and so went without it. I found a flamboyant cuttlefish in the first few minutes of the dive. I watched it intently for around 5 minutes as it ambled purposely across the sand. It was a thrill to see one in person but I was worried I may not see another when I had my camera.

We did a night dive a few hours later at the same site. I didn’t see one. The next morning we did a dive just north-west of this site and the one above was spotted and I took a number of photographs. I did not see another one for the whole trip.


flamboyant cuttlefish, metasepia pfefferi, sepiidae, 2011, d300, borneo, underwater

I have been participating in photography in one form or other since I was very young. It has been a passion that has not left me.

Most of my photographs are of natural subjects both above and below the water, with macro photography being my favourite.

I use Nikon gear and Ikelite housings.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thanks, Ann.

    – Andrew Trevor-Jones

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks, Magaret.

    – Andrew Trevor-Jones

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    What a beauty !
    Luck was on your side for a while there :)

  • Thanks, Trish. A still photograph doesn’t really do it justice. There were ripples of colour over its body the whole time. Flamboyant is an understatement.

    – Andrew Trevor-Jones

  • Colin12
    Colin12almost 3 years ago

    Well done Andrew,
    it is always good to finally find something that we have searched for.
    Regards Colin

  • Thanks, Colin. My next goal is to get some good video footage of one. I’ll have to house the D7000.

    – Andrew Trevor-Jones

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Click on the banner to enter the challenge

  • Thanks, Ray.
    5 November 2011.

    – Andrew Trevor-Jones

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