Story: Octopus and squid

Paper nautilus egg case (1st of 2)

Paper nautilus egg case

This shell was made by a female paper nautilus octopus to protect her eggs. Produced from a thin horn-like secretion from the tips of two tentacles, it resembles the shape of a true nautilus shell. Paper nautilus are tropical animals, but occasionally schools of them are carried in ocean currents to New Zealand, where they become stranded in shallow waters around the northern coast.

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Octopus in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7928/paper-nautilus-egg-case (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006