Thursday, March 1, 2012

New England Aquarium Welcomes Baby Nautiluses

The New England Aquarium announced yesterday the birth of three new baby nautiluses in the Deep Pacific Coral Exhibit. Reproduction in captivity is very rare for the nautilus, so this is kind of a big deal!

Here is a photo of one of the babies next to a human hand:

And here is what a nautilus looks like as an adult:

The nautilus belongs to the cephalopod family, along with the octopus and squid. It lives in very deep water, and has a chambered shell, which is used for maintaining hydrostatic equilibrium (remaining buoyant underwater). It's one of my favourite animals, and in my opinion, has one of the most beautiful body plans in nature.

To support that opinion, here is what the inside of a chambered nautilus shell looks like:


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