Scientist encounters a paper nautilus octopus on Muizenberg Seashore


Whereas on Muizenberg Seashore, Dr Tess Gridley, the principal scientist and co-founder of the environmental conservation organisation Sea Search, encountered a paper nautilus octopus. Also referred to as argonauts, these octopuses are an historical species of pelagic octopus.

paper nautilus octopus

Dr Gridley found the paper nautilus alive; nevertheless, their probabilities of survival are normally low when washed ashore, and regardless of greatest efforts, it sadly didn’t survive.

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The paper nautilus octopus, also referred to as the argonaut, is an enchanting marine animal within the Argonautidae household. They’re pelagic, which implies they stay within the open ocean relatively than close to the seafloor.

The shell that the feminine of the species creates is without doubt one of the most distinguishing options of the paper nautilus. The shell is fabricated from a skinny, delicate materials secreted by the feminine’s physique, which she then makes use of to construct a chamber that protects her eggs. Though the shell is just not connected to the feminine’s physique, she will management its actions with muscular contractions.

Paper nautiluses might be present in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. They’re comparatively uncommon, and sightings within the wild usually are not frequent, making Dr Gridley’s encounter much more particular.

Dr Gridley posted the next message concerning the encounter together with a video:

‘I discovered this beautiful woman on Muizenberg Seashore this week whereas out in search of a useless seal! After the spring tide, there have been lots of attention-grabbing washouts: mermaid purses, pufferfish and this paper nautilus, which is a sort of octopus. The feminine is way greater than the male and secretes this particular shell during which she lays her eggs. Usually pelagic species which are discovered close to the water’s floor, these animals sometimes wash out, however after they do, their probabilities of survival are low. This woman, sadly, didn’t make it, regardless of our greatest efforts.’

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Written by Sarah du Toit

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