One dive at Nusa Lembongan we thought we were having a rather quiet and peaceful hour underwater. The water was blue and fairly clear and there wasn’t a lot of action. We were a little disappointed because of a false alarm that mola molas were sighted.
After the advance party came back reporting nothing to see, we morosely headed on and came face to face with a large cuttlefish instead. Now cuttlefish aren’t particularly rare, but this one was large and quite friendly.
In fact, it was so friendly that it let me get right under and take a cheeky shot of it propelling itself backward.
As we proceeded further, we met more of these placid characters milling about on the reef.
I started to click away quite happily…
… and to my delight, I realised that the main reason why they were so placid was that they were laying eggs! Here I caught a female using her tentacles to push the egg sacs deep into the coral away from reach of predator fish.
As I looked up, there were quite a few others in the area, some rather large like this handsome specimen here that my dive guide Nyoman is pretending to catch.
I’m not sure whether they were other females searching for a good spot for their own eggs or males keeping watch.
It was a wonderful privilege to watch a new generation of cuttlefish being laid.