21JAN07OR073

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Rarely seen by divers, this female Muddy Argonaut, a.k.a. Paper Nautilus, Argonuta hians, appears ready to abandon her egg-laden shell. This specimen had apparently been attacked and injured by a predator, which may have prompted the evacuation. While superficially resembling a nautilus, Argonauts are actually a type of pelagic octopus. Only females produce a shell, which also serves as an egg case. Males are much smaller, and seen even less often than females. Mergui Archipelago, Burma, Andaman Sea, Indian Ocean
Rarely seen by divers, this female Muddy Argonaut, a.k.a. Paper Nautilus, Argonuta hians, appears ready to abandon her egg-laden shell. This specimen had apparently been attacked and injured by a predator, which may have prompted the evacuation. While superficially resembling a nautilus, Argonauts are actually a type of pelagic octopus. Only females produce a shell, which also serves as an egg case. Males are much smaller, and seen even less often than females. Mergui Archipelago, Burma,...
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