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Meet Cuthbert, the Mary Rose Cuttlefish!

It wasn’t just the Mary Rose Trust who were diving on the wrecksite…

During the excavation on the Mary Rose, a number of cuttlefish living on the wreck site were adopted by the divers as pets!

One was affectionately called Cuthbert, as can be seen in this article from the Portsmouth News, although we suspect it was a general name for any cuttlefish who made an appearance.

As our digitisation team have discovered, the charming cephalopods were often captured on camera and frequently seemed to be trying to steal the limelight from our divers or pretending to be part of the archaeology!

We don’t know what happened to Cuthbert and his chums after the dig, but it’s very unlikely they are still out there in the Solent (cuttlefish only live for around one-two years).

Maybe their descendants are still living on the wreck site, talking about how their great (times 35!) grandparents took part in the largest underwater excavation to date?

An article from the Portsmouth News
Cuthbert resting on the seabed, guarding the archaeology until the divers return.
A pair of cuttlefish pass a pair of air lift operators. Neither seem particularly alarmed by the other.
The cuttlefish practise their synchronised swimming on the site.
Cuthbert getting his close-up while the divers work
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