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Paper Nautilus

Argonauta nodosa


The "Shell" is actually the egg case of an Argonauta octopus.

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Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 4 years ago

that is amazing! very cool spotting, steve!

Steve A
Steve A 6 years ago

@ Leuba - very observant LOL!
@ argybee - when we were on Montague Island we saw quite a few. The animal was still in this one when we found it but had been dead for a while. Being a national park, we took the photo but left the shell.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Fantastic find Steve. You're a lucky man. I've searched for these in Bass Strait for decades to no avail yet others I know own several.
What amazing info too. Like you I have just found the full story and as usual it is far more interesting than I imagined.
Well done and thanks.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

That's amazing -it's so like a nautilus shell in shape !

CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Very cool!

Steve A
Steve A 7 years ago

@Sheila - thanks. I admit I didn't know that it was an Octopus "shell" until later when I looked it up. Cheers, Steve.

an octopus egg shell???how kool is that!!
i have never seen or heard of!!
thanks!beautiful pic!! :)

Tweact 7 years ago


alicelongmartin 7 years ago


New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -36.25, Long: 150.22

Spotted on Sep 20, 2009
Submitted on Jul 17, 2011


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