Stranded Sepia

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  1. Hajar

    Hajar Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    "Behaviour" may not be the best place to put this photo, but here is a stranded Sepia seen in an Omani lagoon the day before yesterday. The cuttlefish had travelled 4.2 km from the tidal inlet to the head of an intertidal lagoon on the Bar Al Hikman Peninsula. It became trapped as the tide fell and was desiccating in the sun, stained black by its ink.
     

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  2. OB

    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    There's a stark beauty to this picture. Is that Salicornia, by the way?
     
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    Terri Sepia elegans Registered

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    Perfectly described!
     
  4. Hajar

    Hajar Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Here's a view of where the cuttlefish became trapped, looking south from the landward side of the lagoon (there's a group of flamingoes some way back).

    I'm not sure if this succulent is Salicornia Ob, but I've attached a detail. I found this on Omani halophytes. It looks as if that plant may be Arthrocnemum macrostachyum. Another whole area to learn about.
     

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    What a cool "treasure" to find on the beach. I was excited to find cuttlebones in SE Australia, but this is way better!

    Nice photos, too.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Haunting photo Hajar, I was confused when I first saw it thinking it was a plate from an old book, which made no sense with the title :grin:
     
  7. Hajar

    Hajar Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Thanks all. Here's the path of the cuttlefish from the open sea to its doom.
     

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  8. OB

    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    It looks so much like an edible glasswort, is it tasteworthy, at all? 45 seconds in boiling water is all you need to be sure :wink:

    PS: Going quite a bit out of its way, all that way "upstream"
     
  9. Hajar

    Hajar Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Thanks Ob. I'll try eating that plant next time I'm down there.

    The cuttlefish would have been swept along that lagoon (leaving the inlet mouth far behind) by the flood tide (tidal range here is about 2 m) and then left high and dry by the ebb.
     
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    sorseress Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Great photos, but sad.
     

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