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Chambered nautilus Gallery

"I got a chambered nautilus! Is it on the naughty list?" —New Horizons

The chambered nautilus is a benthic creature introduced in New Leaf and New Horizons. Diving is the only way of capturing it. In New Leaf, when donated to the museum, it can be found in one of the three cylindrical tanks independent of the main deep sea creature tank.

Donation to the museum

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this creature.

"These creatures are related to both octopuses and squids and originated about 60 million years ago. They have air and body fluid in their shells and move by adjusting the amount of body fluid inside. This allows them to either float or sink depending on the situation they find themselves in. They have nearly 90 tentacles that can stick out from under their shells to grab on to rocks or prey."

In Animal Crossing

In Animal Crossing, Blathers states that the chambered nautilus is the closest alive relative to the ammonite upon donating the ammonite to the museum.

In New Horizons

Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"The chambered nautilus is perhaps best known for its gorgeous shell. Not only does this shell's interior shine with a pearly luster, it features a near-perfect natural spiral. But those aren't the chambered nautilus's only bragging rights. This cephalopod can have up to 90 tentacles, it's said! These arms come coated with a sticky substance that helps the nautilus capture its prey... Which is far better than using them for overly long hugs, I say."

Encyclopedia Information

New Leaf

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
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"I got a chambered nautilus! Who loses? Not us! Just go with it..."
Size 9 inches
Time All day
Season Summer

New Horizons

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
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"I got a chambered nautilus! Is it on the naughty list?"
Current Active Hours 4pm–9am
Months active (north) Mar–Jun; Sep–Nov
Months active (south) Mar–May; Sep–Dec


Further information

Main article: Chambered nautilus on Wikipedia

The chambered nautilus, Nautilus pompilius, is the best-known species of nautilus. The shell, when cut away, reveals a lining of lustrous nacre and displays a nearly perfect equiangular spiral, although it is not a golden spiral.

In other languages

Chambered nautilus
Language Name
Japan Japanese オウムガイ Ōmugai
France French Nautile
Spain Spanish Nautilo
Germany German Perlboot
Italy Italian Nautilus
China Chinese 鸚鵡螺/鹦鹉螺 yīngwǔluó

Deep-Sea Creatures
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Deep-sea creatures
AbaloneAcorn barnacleChambered nautilusClamDungeness crabEar shellFirefly SquidFlatwormGazami crabGiant isopodGigas giant clamHorsehair crabHorseshoe crabLobsterMantis shrimpMoon jellyfishMusselOctopusOysterPearl oysterRed king crabSea anemoneSea cucumberSea grapesSea PigSea pineappleSea slugSea starSea urchinSeaweedScallopSlate pencil urchinSnow crabSpider crabSpiny lobsterSpotted garden eelSweet shrimpTiger prawnTurban shellUmbrella OctopusVampire squidVenus' flower basketWhelk
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