Sep 23 2011

I want to make baby nautiloids now

They are utterly adorable, and I feel the stirrings of the maternal impulse deep in my mantle. The way their little bodies bob as they swim…awww, for cute.

(via Deep Sea News)

(Also on Sb)


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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    What lovely pinhole eyes you have, baby nautilus.

    Sort of odd, that, as they seem both like cute new babies, and ancient and primitive ancestors at the same time (yes, they’re modern, but didn’t modernize everything).

    Bob away, little floaty things.

    Glen Davidson

  2. 2
    Anthony K

    But what if one of those embryos grows up to be Jesus?

    Wait, how is that an argument against abortion?

  3. 3

    They are so cute! What lovely little animals! Also, for your consideration, bisexual squids: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14986769

  4. 4
    Anthony K

    Also, for your consideration, bisexual squids

    Do not taunt happy fun PZ: No, no, no — this is not bisexuality or homosexuality

  5. 5
    Cunning Pam

    They are surprisingly (to me, anyway) squee-worthy!

  6. 6

    Baby cuttlefish are so much cuter.

  7. 7

    Aww PZ you’d be a good nautilus mommy.

  8. 8
    HappiestSadist, Repellent Little Martyr

    Aww, they are really cute. And elegant at the same time, just like grownup nautilus. Awww, little swimming, bobbing cuties!

    The bring out an odd desire to nurture in me too. And I have the maternal instincts of a rock.

  9. 9
    Anthony K

    And I have the maternal instincts of a rock.

    Even sedimentary rocks can make a bed.

  10. 10
    HappiestSadist, Repellent Little Martyr

    *applause* Nicely done, Brownian.

  11. 11

    “I want to make baby nautiloids now”

    And what does Mary have to say about this urge? Is she bobbing up and down in anticipation of a tentacular embrace by her DH?

  12. 12

    Even sedimentary rocks can make a bed.


  13. 13

    Love their passionate embrace!

  14. 14

    “awww, for cute.”

    Spoken like a MN native…

    Damn, those babies do bring out the nurturing instinct, don’t they?

  15. 15
    Lloyd the Naughty

    I am naughty Lloyd and I approve this message.

  16. 16

    Work like this is wonderful….and the end result is more nautiloids!

  17. 17
    Markita Lynda, thread-killer

    What’s interesting to me is that it seems to have taken 22 years of research to get live hatchlings. And it will come down to one line in a textbook somewhere, if that. People have *no idea* of the depth of scientific endeavour.

  18. 18

    Say, are these things edible?

  19. 19
    John Horstman

    Aww! The chambered nautilus is my most very favoritest animal!
    Thanks for this. :-)

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