Magnificentseashell,the familyofNautilus(Nautilidae).Inlifethe shellis inside theanimal,as insquid and cuttlefish,swimmingfor all theOceans.Picked updeadon the beach ofSantaCruz-TorresVedras.
Live animal - Spirula spirula
Nautilus pompilius, Linnaeus 1758 Diagram of the anatomical structure of a female
Very beautiful and extremely rare Argonauta argo, caught in Portugal.
The specimen is part of my private collection. Caught dead in 2007, in Praia da Peralta - Lourinhã. The specimen was kindly provided by Mr. Luis, a lover of fishing, which was lucky to find it so intact at low tide...
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Shell inside the mantle is shown in the illustration.