BREAKING FREE

Flamboyant cuttlefish, Metasepia pfefferi

It was incredible to witness this tiny, flamboyant cuttlefish break free from its egg and rise up to begin its new life. The eggs, inside an old coconut shell, contained cuttlefish in various stages of development and I noticed this one moving around. I patiently waited until it emerged.

Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Canon EOS 7D Mk II, Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 macro USM, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 100, twin Inon Z240 strobes, handheld

by Jack McKee, Queensland. Age 17