CUTTLE EGG PROBLEM

skywindsurfer

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Well if it looks like a solid white mass oozing out, then it's probably not hatched. I've seen that happen before where the egg never really developed properly and goes through a kind of "abortion" process.
 

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It could have been an unfertilized egg or the embryo died for some reason. Remember in the ocean, the mortality rate is high, which is the reason that animals have so many babies. If every female S. bandenis laid 200+ eggs and each one survived, the ocean would be teeming with cuttlefish (wouldn't that be fun :biggrin2:).
 

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Not sure, but the ones I have seen looked like little mutants maybe partially mal-developed... some lumpy, some with eye spots and without. Looked at through a 20x jewelers loupe and most didn't even resemble a cuttlefish.
 

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snowmaker, were they far enough along to know they were malformed or could the mutant observations be just because they were under developed?
 

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Well after careful decision, I decided to break put the scalpel and dissect the egg, to find literally nothing but translucent ooze inside.
 

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dwhatley;156990 said:
snowmaker, were they far enough along to know they were malformed or could the mutant observations be just because they were under developed?
Some looked like under developed cuttlefish, and some didn't even resemble one.
 

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