The rediscovery of the rarest animal in the world was made by Peter Ward, who is a biologist at the Washington University. The animal was last seen thirty years ago. The rediscovery was made by Peter in July when he along with his team saw a nautilus species on tape that is rare. The finding was made near the Papua New Guinea coast. The reappearance of the animal has surprised Ward as well as the scientific community at large.
This is also because nautiluses are prehistoric animal species which are considered to have inhabited the planet even before the dinosaurs. Hence, they are also known as living fossils. That is a title of honor that is given to several animal species that have outlived their generations. Their contemporaries like the dinosaurs might simply exist as carcasses while the living fossils still remain alive and proliferate even today.
The finding of this rare species of nautilus has several significances. It is considered to be a form of shellfish and is considered relative of the cuttlefish as well as octopuses and squids. This rare species was spotted by Ward’s team when they were conducting a science project in order to assess the nautilus population still existing and their health and population.
The project was conducted by immersing raw chicken and fish scraps about 1300 feet below the surface of the sea. This action was done with a camera which was embedded in order to capture the subsequent actions. Two nautiluses were found to surface which then began to consume the meat. One of them was the rare species, the Allonautilus scrobiculatus that is considered a living fossil today. The nautiluses stayed on the prey, though a sunfish tried to move them away from the meat. The live nautiluses were captured by the team when they stayed under water. The species were found at a depth of 600 feet below the surface. They are known to stay in cool waters and emerge onto the surface when it is time to feed.
The animals are known to be hunted for the spiraled shells that are exquisitely designed. Hence, they were put in cool water containers where they were measured and samples were taken from them. They were then released at the exact same spot where they were found. The mass extinctions that have occurred in the past might not have wiped out these rare species, but humans might be able to do just that with their reckless greed.