Cuttlefish are among the most alien to us of all of Earth's creatures. Often referred to as 'chameleons of the sea', these curious molluscs possess remarkable colour and shape-changing abilities. In the blink of an eye, the cuttlefish can mimic the colours, textures and patterns of its surroundings- a wonderful talent for such a stealthy underwater hunter! They also use their shape and colour to communicate with one another, and come mating season, the animals scroll striped patterns along their skin in mesmerising displays! Cuttlefish are of the cephalopod family, which they share with squid, octopus and nautilus.
Sepia apama is the largest of all of the cuttlefish species, and the annual mass breeding aggregation at Point Lowly, near Whyalla, South Australia has made this an iconic species. Unfortunately, the reef upn which this incredible phenomenon occurs is adjacent to land marked for heavy industrial development. Proposed projects include a new port, a desalination plant, an explosives factory, diesel storage and more. We made this LEGO model to draw attention to the plight of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish of Upper Spencer Gulf, whose very existance is threatened by ignorant politicians and business people who put economics before society and the environment.
You can help us save these amazing animals by voting for our design, and helping the Giant Australian Cuttlefish achieve the international notoriety they so deserve! You can find out more about our efforts to save them at Cuttlefish Country