Baby Nautilus, is there anything cuter?

My colleagues Dr. Bruce Carlson – recently retired – and Marj Awai were the first folks to successfully collect chambered nautilus for display in public aquariums and then breed them.  Bruce has now put together a short video documenting that project over its nearly 20 year history.  As I watched it, I couldnt help but marvel at their ingenuity and persistence in cracking this difficult (and SLOW!) life cycle.  Baby nautilus are pretty high on the Squee!-o-meter too…

Now that Bruce is back in Hawaii, where he was curator of the Waikiki Aquarium for many years, I look forward to his uploading other gems from a stellar career in aquarium biology and ichthyology.   It promises to be good, because over that time he and Marj also became accomplished underwater photographers and videographers.

Alistair Dove (140 Posts)

Dr. Alistair Dove is a systematic and ecological parasitologist by training, with broader research interests in the natural history and health of marine animals, especially whale sharks. He is currently Director of Research and Conservation at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta USA. His comments here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Georgia Aquarium





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