National Geographic : 2005 Nov
JAWS OF LIFE Males are good mothers among members of the jawfish clan (right). Eggs laid by a female are immediately drawn into the male's mouth, where they're not only protected but tended. Peri odically he spits out the clutch as a ball, turning it over to give the fry oxygen. When dad needs to eat, he hides the eggs in his bur row. Eye spots on eggs in the mouth of this four-inch-long eye brow jawfish signal that hatching is about a week away. No parent stands watch over a flamboyant cuttlefish egg (cen ter), nestled in a fragment of coconut shell and on the verge of hatching. A six-inch-long adult flamboyant cuttlefish (top), hunt ing along the bottom when it saw me, levitated itself in the water column and flashed every color in its breathtaking palette. 110 EGGPHOTOGRAPHBYJENNIFERHAYES.CUTTLEFISH:METASEPIAPFEFFERI;JAWFISH:OPISTOGNATHUSSP.