A local recently picked up a cuttlefish that had beached, and brought it to us for dissection.
It's a female tuberculate cuttlefish (Sepia tuberculata). We took the opportunity to explain the anatomy of the cuttlefish to our interns, focusing on the structure and function regarding digestion and reproduction.
She was nearing the end of her life, based on her size, but the cause of death was unknown. The cuttlefish bone was crushed, which could indicate a possible cause of death, but it's not conclusive.
The last photo shows the surface of the skin of the cuttlefish through the microscope. We attempted to see some of the chromatophores that they use to change colour.