|© 2012 Sylvia Liu|
This illustration is of a nautilus, a member of my favorite marine family, the cephalopods (Greek for head plus feet; the family includes octopi, squid, cuttlefish, and the like). I'm thinking of putting together a fun infographic on cephalopods, so this will be a good way to get started on individuals in the family tree.
Some fun facts about nautiluses (nautili?):
- They can withstand enormous pressure, having been found as deep as 2000 feet
- Artists and scientists have been fascinated by their spiral pattern, which grows in a way similar to the golden spiral or Fibonacci spiral (proportions that are found repeatedly in nature and that are considered to be most pleasing to the human eye).
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