SAVE THE NAUTILUS.COM
Help Us Save The Nautilus!
Josiah Utsch & Ridgely Kelly Photo from Portland Press Herald
Josiah utsch age 13
"I had loved the Nautilus since I was 7 years old. When I read the NYTimes article about how the nautilus was going extinct, I knew I had to do something."
From southern Japan to the Great Barrier Reef and from the Indo-Pacific to Samoa . In the day it usually lives from 900 to 2000 feet below the surface but at night it rises to feed at about 500 to 300+ below the surface.
The life of a nautilus is about 20 years very long for a cephalopod (includeing octopi, squid and cuttle fish) it can take 15 years just to reach sexual maturity.
Buoyancy and movement:
To move the nautilus draws water into and out of the chamber with its hyponome which uses jet propulsion.
while the water is inside the chamber the siphuncle extracts salt from it and diffuses it into the blood. The animal adjusts its buoyancy by osmotically pumping gas and fluid into or out of the camerae along the siphuncles( the nautilus changes the amount of gas in its chambers to adjust flotation).
The nautilus has about 100 suckerless tenticals surrounding the mouth and the hyponome. The nautilus is sometimes called a living fossil because it's one of the oldest creatures its ancestores date back to before dinosaures and even fish.
Young naturalist, artist and co-founder of savethenautilus.com: 12 yr old Ridgely kelly
Hello my name is Josiah Utsch, I am 12 years old. I have been fascinated with the nautilus ever since I was seven. As soon as I heard it had become endangered I felt compelled to help. But after finding no charity, I decided to try and find help. I found Dr.Peter Ward at the University of Washington who is studying the nautilus as shown below.
Join myself, my friends,family and community to help raise awareness and money to help protect the nautilus.
Hi I'm Rdgely, I've always loved the nautilus too but never knew they were becoming extinct. When I heard the bad news from Josiah I was glad to help and I hope you are too.
Dr. Pete Ward tagging Nautius.