Catriona Holden sent some pictures of a Paper Nautilus shell that her young son discovered on Muizenberg beach this weekend, with the resident Cephalopod still alive in it. She writes:

A Live Paper Nautilus fascinates young Seamus. Photo Catriona Holden

I come from Ireland so you can imagine how out of this world a find like that was for me. Interestingly, because I had read about the paper Nautilus and had seen a number on display in Arniston I was completely seized by acquisitiveness whereas my son wanted to throw it back in the sea because of the cephalopod. He was content to let it go. Children are free in their attachments and knowledge of a certain pedalogical nature seems to corrupt that! Unfotunately the Cephalopod did not survive.

 

Paper Nautilus on a bed of kelp. Photo: Catriona Holden

Paper Nautilus on a bed of kelp. Photo: Catriona Holden

Thank you, Catriona, for sharing your lovely photos with us!

Cephalopod out of its shell. Photo: Catriona Holden

 

See also : http://scenicsouth.co.za/paper-nautilus-washed-up-on-the-beach-at-struisbaai-aug-2014/