Eye of the Pharaoh
Like a sixties psychedelic light show, a pharaoh cuttlefish can hold your gaze with its groovy, ever-changing skin colors and patterns. This kaleidoscopic creature is known for its bright coloration, including metallic blues, greens, golds and silvers.
Dwelling in the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific, a pharaoh cuttlefish uses color to communicate warnings, mood changes, courtship displays or for camouflage. It lives and hovers near the ocean bottom, where it uses its two long tentacles to catch small shrimps, fishes and crabs. You can see them on occasion in our Tentacles special exhibition.