Friday Cephalopod: Fecund & Flashy

Last year, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium caught a paper nautilus that survived long enough to lay a few tens of thousands of hatchlings.


It must be nice to be a member of a species that’s beautiful at every stage of life, rather than none.



  1. JohnnieCanuck says

    Some kid sure get to do cool tricks with their skin cells. Colour me jealous.

  2. julial says

    I jealous of anything that can dynamically reconfigure their tattoos by sheer will power.
    All I can ever do is look more or less pink.

  3. ChasCPeterson says

    Argonauts! awesome.
    The Calrillo Marine Museum is also awesome. I taught Vertebrate Biology at UCLA once upon a time and we used to do a field trip down there for the grunion run. Totally cool place.

  4. Brian Gygi says

    Those are beautiful, but I’m puzzled why you think it would be “nice” to be such a creature. I hate to get all relativist on you, but being beautiful to humans does not change how these creatures think of each other or themselves – every species probably thinks their type is beautiful. And does being beautiful to humans mean they are treated any better by humans – sadly the evidence seems to indicate the opposite…

  5. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    They all died. Now I haz sadness.

    They are all gorgeous, and I hope humans don’t figure out a way to destroy them.

    On further reflection, I’ll add: even for organisms that aren’t that beautiful, I hope humans don’t figure out a way to destroy them (certain infectious organisms and parasites excepted).