Nautilus feeding

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  1. OB

    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi all, I'm not sure whether pics like these had been posted before, but I collected this specimen during a web bottom trawl in Poland. It was a first for me, anyway, so I thought I'd share.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    This is quite a photo! - I didn't realize a nautilus would eat a crab like this.
    Do you know what species the nautilus is?

    Nancy
     
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    Dr. Bruce Carlson reported that captive nautilus ate very large deep sea crabs and remained negatively buoyant for hours after.

    I have fed out crabs that large to nautilus before, and they readily accept and eat them.

    Very cool photo!!! Did you pull the crab up with the nautilus??

    Greg
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Just to clear matters up here, a web trawl is not actual fishing, Greg :wink: What I wished to express in ever so many bad puns, was that I found this pic on a Polish site, but need to work on my English humour somewhat more...
     
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    gjbarord Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    Well, I will work on my non-english humor and perhaps we will meet in the middle.

    Greg
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    You're on! Komt een man bij de dokter...
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    does that mean "My hovercraft is full of eels"?
     
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    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    Pretty sure I'd seen that picture somewhere before.
     
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    sorseress Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Ok, Ob, what in the world does a man coming to, or by, or at (whichever fits) the doctor have to do with the nautilus eating the crab? Personally, I like Monty's hovercraft full of eels picture. :confused:
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Sadly, I can't take credit for that image, although you've inadvertently credited it correctly, since it's from a Monty Python skit about someone selling a "wrong" phrasebook to a foreign tourist...
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    ... or is it that the doctor is trawling the web for eels and came up with a crab eating naut as by-catch?
     
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    In case anyone was wondering, I think that Nautilus is a Nautilus pompilus, also known as the emperor nautilus, however there has been recent controversy over the accuracy of classifying pompilus as a single species. Check out my post on a recent New Scientist article on the subject:

    http://www.tonmo.com/community/index.php?threads/9257/
     

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