At most sites around the Earth, nautiluses can be found at depths
between 300 and a thousand feet. They live singly (never in schools),
they grow slowly (taking up to 15 years to reach full size and
reproductive age), and they are never overly abundant as they slowly
swim over the deep sea beds searching for carrion on the bottom.
In all but one place on Earth, only a single nautilus species can be found at any one site.
Northeast of the main island of Papua New Guinea however, along the
coast of Manus Island, made famous by the American anthropologist
Margaret Mead in the earlier part of the twentieth century, not only can
you find the well-known chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)…
south of Manus there is a second species as well.
It was first seen
alive in 1984, and was found to be so astoundingly different in shell
and soft part anatomy that it was, in 1997, give a wholly new genus
name: Allonautilusscrobiculatus. And then, for the next 30 years, it wasn’t seen again…
Y'all please take a moment to laugh at this ridiculous animal.
As his enrichment for the day, I put two Easter eggs, a seahorse dive stick, and a blue disk that clicks together into a fish bowl. My goal was for him to go into the bowl and find the pieces of shrimp that were hidden inside a few of the objects.
Instead, this crazy octopus simply grabbed ALL of the objects out of the bowl and carried them over to his little cave to keep to himself (will post video later). What a rotten, hilarious, and incredibly smart little nugget! 😂😝❤️
It’s been months since we were last reminded of the mind-boggling awesomeness of Cephalopods. Thankfully research scientist and professor Douglas Long of Deep Sea News assembled a collection of fascinating gifs of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish showing off some of their amazing abilities. From camouflage and shape-shifting to puzzle-solving, mimicry, and hypnosis, cephalopods are underwater superheroes.
These gifs are just some of our favorites. Head over to Deep Sea News to view the entire collection and learn about the specific behaviors features in each gif.