Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)


Common name: Cuttlefish

Scientific name: Sepia officinalis  (Linnaeus, 1758)

Seasonality: from April to October

Biological and ecological features of the species: It has eight arms of equal length and two long retractable tentacles with denticulated suckers, often used for defence and reproduction. It has bulging eyes with a well-developed pupil. They can change colour in seconds depending on the seabed. They have an inner shell, called a cuttlefish bone, and a bag for ink, which is ejected when the squid feels threatened

Max length: 45 cm

Minimum conservation reference size: Not applicable

Fishing gear: Bottom trawl

Nutritional qualities:  Cuttlefish, like octopus, is a valuable low-calorie, high-protein food. Its protein has a high biological value. This mollusk is also a good source of iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.

Nutritional facts: