Biologist spots rare nautilus for the first time in 30 years

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Biologist Spots Rare Nautilus For The First Time In 30 Years

About 30 years ago, biologist Peter Ward and his colleague discovered a new species of nautilus, Allonautilus scrobiculatus, notable for the thick layer of slime and hair covering its shell.

In the decades since, however, the creature has proven to be an elusive one.

Finally, on a recent trip to the South Pacific, Ward laid eyes on the rare nautilus once again.

He and his crew successfully baited one of the shelled sea animals and filmed its activities.

The resulting footage showed the species has a pretty strong force of will.

When another nautilus approached, attempting to partake in the feast, a battle ensued.

Later, a sunfish showed up, and though it knocked the Allonautilus around, the little guy held its own for about 2 hours.

That footage, combined with samples taken in a separate investigative effort, has greatly informed the study of what Ward says may be the rarest animal in the world.

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Biologist spots rare nautilus for the first time in 30 years
(GERMANY OUT) Chambered Nautilus, Nautilus belauensis, Micronesia, Palau (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Chambered Nautilus, Nautilus belauensis, Micronesia, Palau (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Chambered Nautilus, Nautilus belauensis, Micronesia, Palau (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Group of Chambered Nautilus, Nautilus belauensis, Micronesia, Palau (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Nautilus, Nautilus pompilius, Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
A Nautilus swims in the Underwater World Singapore's new showcase known as The Masters of Disguise, a collaboration of intelligent marine life form found in the deep seas. The Nautilus is the only member of the Cephalopod class to have a fully developed shell which encases its entire body. (AP Photo/ Wong Maye-E)
(GERMANY OUT) Nautilus and Diver, Nautilus pompilius, Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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