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30 August 2015


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Maybe I'm a little confused, Keith, but I distinctly recall seeing several nautiluses (nautili?) happily swimming in a tank in the aquarium in Noumea, New Caledonia back in the 1980s.

From my current reading of the various species in the aquarium, they are still there. In fact, I believe the nautilus is endemic to New Caledonia and can be found in deep-water off the coastline.

I don't quite understand how the good Professor and his team in the USA believe they have just discovered the nautilus. Or is the 'crusty nautilus' different to the nautiluses performing for visitors at the Noumea aquarium?

Now I'm worried. Was it the burgundy over lunch at that fine French restaurant in the Place des Cocotiers in Noumea, or did I really see a number of nautiluses snapping away in the cold water tanks of the aquarium?

It was probably that third bottle of Nautilus Marlborough Chardonnay 2009 with its lifted aroma of tropical fruit and melon supported by toasty oak - KJ

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