You know the most amazing thing about this creature?
It is already learning.
That's right, as soon as those strange little eyes with the w shaped pupils jack into that powerful little brain this guy starts observing his surroundings.
Scientists have known for some time that cuttlefish can perform feats of learning and recognition from a very young age. As an intelligent organism that rarely lives over two years, fast learning is definitely a necessity.
Basically, the scientists put some clear eggs of a common cuttlefish in a tank next to a tank with a crab in it. They also put some eggs in a tank where they could see no crabs. As soon as the eggs hatched, they placed the babies in tanks with both crab and shrimp.
The young cuttlefish that had been exposed to crab went straight after crab, whereas the rest of the little ones preferred to go after shrimp. The only explanation is that the cuttlefish exposed to the crab learned to recognize them as a potential prey item from within the egg.
That is just plain awesome. Think about it. If those sharp little minds can accomplish such an amazing feat before they are even completely developed physiologically, what wonders could they be capable of as fully formed adults?
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Cuttlefish are one of the most wonderful, amazing, and underrated creatures on the entire planet.