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This rare photo shows a Muddy Argonaut, a.k.a. Paper Nautilus, Argonauta hians, grasping a jellyfish. Like the small butterfish, the Argonaut uses the jelly to shield it from predators. Amazingly, when the photographer approached, the tiny Argonaut deftly manuevered the much larger jelly, completely blocking the camera's view on nearly every attempt.  Finally, with the help of an assistant, the Argonaut was distracted enough allow a couple shots.  Argonauts are not true nautiluses, but rather a group of open-ocean octopuses.  Only the females produce the delicately beautiful shell, which is actually an egg case.  Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar, Andaman Sea, Indian Ocean
This rare photo shows a Muddy Argonaut, a.k.a. Paper Nautilus, Argonauta hians, grasping a jellyfish. Like the small butterfish, the Argonaut uses the jelly to shield it from predators. Amazingly, when the photographer approached, the tiny Argonaut deftly manuevered the much larger jelly, completely blocking the camera's view on nearly every attempt. Finally, with the help of an assistant, the Argonaut was distracted enough allow a couple shots. Argonauts are not true nautiluses, but rather...
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