Cuttlefish Hatchlings / Tennessee Aquarium

For the past few weeks aquarists at the Tennessee Aquarium have been monitoring an egg mass which was laid by a cuttlefish pair born and reared at the Aquarium. Shortly after the eggs were removed from the exhibit and placed into a holding tank, tiny cuttlefish began hatching. Carol Haley, the Aquarium’s assistant curator of fishes, said, The first day about 42 hatchlings appeared. Another 40 or so appeared the following day.

The hatchlings, called cuttlets, are tiny replicas of their parents. Each individual is small enough to fit inside a quarter teaspoon. Once they emerge from the egg sac, they begin hunting. They have a pretty big appetite and are ready to use their tentacles to snare the live mysid shrimp we feed them, said Haley — via ZooBorns

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