Nautilus Animal Pictures

Nautilus pompilius

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Nautilus pompilius (chambered nautilus, pearly nautilus), a species of cephalopod in the family Nautilidae: longitudinal section of shell showing chambers.

Nautilus pompilius, cephalopod
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A longitudinal section of a nautilus shell, showing chambers.

Nautilus in Berlin Zoo Aquarium J. Baecker / public domain

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Today, nautiluses are confined to the Indo-Pacific, with most located near coastal areas of the Indian Ocean or the western Pacific Ocean.

Top 10 Animals That Have Shells - chambered nautilus
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While the shell of a chambered nautilus is there to protect it from predators, it doesn't help protect it from humans who want to sell its shell.