Animals Video

By Ellie Duncombe

A protective cuttlefish mum guarded her babies from predators while perched on a cave.

Underwater videographer Jarrod Boord, 37, captured the cuttlefish watching over her young whilst diving with his friend in Southern Port Phillip bay, Melbourne, Australia.

The cephalopod had laid its eggs and attached them to the top of the little cave.

The dad-of-two also captured how the fish changed colour whilst watching over the dangling young.

Jarrod said: “When they lay their eggs, cuttlefish tend to stay with their eggs to protect them from lurking predators.

“ I was wondering how long it would take for the young to hatch and if I could come back to capture it.

“Unfortunately the next time I went, the eggs were gone.”