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Common Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) by Tamara Clark

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Cuttlefish are closely related to squid and octopus, all members of the Cephalopod class. These Decopods have eight arms and two tentacles, which are used for capturing prey due to their greater length and mobility. One of the most fascinating and beautiful features of the cuttlefish is its ability to change colors in just a fraction of a second. Body patterns often shift between stripes and spots depending on mating and territorial behavior. They are of great interest to science because of their unique behavior, camouflage ability and polarized vision. In addition, they release a sepia ink, which has been utilized by artists for centuries.

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tamara, clark, eden, animal, creature, invertebrate, cephalopod, sepiida, marine, sea, ocean, nature, earth, natural, science, environment, environmental, biological, conservation, ink

Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she is enjoying illustrating the local flora and fauna. She recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA where she sold images of coastal species in galleries and markets and freelanced in illustration and design. Her clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a variety of publishers, websites and organizations. www.tamaraclark.com

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