Island Find Of
A shell repaired by a paper nautilus-a type of cuttlefish-has been found washed up on Thistle Island, near Port Lincoln.
Mr. C. Wade picked up the shell on the island beach. He found large holes and fractures in it had been repaired. He sent it to the Adelaide Museum.
Museum conchologist (Mr. B. C. Cotton) said he had never seen a specimen repaired so much. Gaps in the broken shell had been filled in With other pieces of shell.
Mr. Cotton said the paper nau- tilus (or argonaut) was about 7in. long.
The shell, formed by secretions, from the extended tips of the nau- tilus, was used as an egg nest, and carried about the water's surface by the female.
A French scientist, Madame Jeannette Power, in an experi- ment, proved the paper nautilus belonged to the shell.
Some scientists had thought the shell was made by some other ani- mal because there was no muscle attachment.
MISS BETTY NEWMAN, of the museum staff, holding the