The Little Cuttle or Sepiola atlantica is one of the smallest cuttlefish in British waters. It is found all around our coasts and is about 5cms long. It is usually found half buried in sand but is very difficult to spot as it can rapidly adapt its colour to its surroundings. It is an active and efficient predator, feeding on small fish and crustaceans. It carefully and slowly stalks its prey which it catches with two long, retractile tentacles which it shoots forward when it is in range. The one in the illustration was disturbed by my camera and adopted its threat display mode and tried to make itself look bigger.
North Sea - St. Abbs Marine Reserve