Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cuttlefish - Sicilian Seppia

The two happy creatures shown here are cuttlefish, which those of us here in Sicily call seppia. Though related to the squid, the cuttlefish only lives in warm waters and doesn't grow to the length of the rare giant squid. And despite its name it isn't actually a "fish."

The cuttlefish, which can change its color to evade predators or deceive its prey, produces an ink, nero di seppia, used in making black pasta sauce. Read about it in our online magazine.

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