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Emperor Nautilus

( Nautilus pompilius )

Other names

Chambered Nautilus

How to Catch
Fast Facts
  • Is the best-known member of the family Nautilidae (nautiluses)
  • Can grow to 26cm across
  • Distinguished by it’s closed umbilicus
  • Lives for around 20 years
  • Has around 90 tentacles
  • Is a type of marine mollusc
  • Rise up towards the surface at night time to feed from depths as low as 750m
  • Are found in Australia’s tropical waters from WA to QLD
  • Feed mainly on crustaceans
  • The shells make for popular household ornaments
  • Shells can be found washed ashore after big storms