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Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
giant Australian cuttlefish
Cuttlefish are a squid-like fish that can be recognised by the raised skin flaps and three skin folds behind each eye. Their colouring and shape can change rapidly as they adopt bright colours and different skin textures. The internal shell or cuttlebone is broad with a small spine and a white-grey upper surface.
Consider taking only one or two larger cuttlefish from a fishing area to avoid local depletion and any interference in spawning activity. Cuttlefish have a short life span, living for only two to three years.
Found around rocky reefs, seagrass beds and sandy seafloors to a depth of 100 metres.
Taken by using jigs or baited hooks. Sometimes seen by divers hiding in crevices and caves. Adult cuttlefish are curious and may approach divers.
They have a large, parrot-like beak or mouth and can inflict a painful bite.
Edible, used in cooking in a manner similar to squid although it has a thicker and tougher mantle or hood. Cuttlefish has a mild flavour, medium oiliness and is dry with a firm texture. It can become tough if overcooked.
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