Beachcombing is a pastime enjoyed by islanders, tourists and guests, especially after the wildest of island weather. A Paper Nautilus undamaged is indeed a rare find!
Home to the pelagic octopus, the Paper Nautilus shell is admired for its gentle curve. There was a time when they were dime a dozen, now a little harder to uncover, plus Seagulls searching for nourishing octopus eggs break delicate shells with sharp beaks to feed.
This iconic symbol of Flinders Island, Tasmania, washes up approximately every seven years. Strong winds carry stranded species onto sandy shores. They are collected (if you can beat the gulls to a catch) and handled with extreme care then displayed in homes…well, everywhere!
The Argonauta nodosus Solander ‘knobbly paper nautilus’ is paper-thin treasure and can be found in a variety of sizes from teeny to little, big and very much bigger.
X Sammi & Megan