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A purple cuttlefish

Happy Cephalopod Week!

Kicking off this tentacular week, we have a stunning reaper cuttlefish. Like most other cephalopods (octopuses, squids, cuttlefishes, and nautiluses), a reaper cuttlefish is a color changing wizard, however, it often prefers a deep red or mauve color.

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