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LOOK: This amazing octopus egg pic will ‘tentacle’ your fancy

What 'squid' you do if you saw this octopus egg shell?

MORE than 980 social media users reacted to a rare photo of an octopus egg. The photo racked up more than 120 comments as social media users shared the image more than 270 times within two days.

The image was posted by the South African Association for Marine Biological Research on Wednesday, March 30. The image was captured by Aries Meyer, who was walking along the Umkomaas shore with his wife and daughter on March 17.

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SAAMBR spokesperson, Ann Kunz said the argonaut egg case belonged to a female pelagic octopus. Argonauts are also known by the more popular name, paper nautilus.

“This image shows the paper-thin intricately patterned egg case of the brown argonaut. These egg case ‘shells’ serve as a brood chamber for her eggs and assist her with buoyancy by trapping a bubble of air in the shell. Both the male and female argonauts are known to attach themselves to jellyfish and other floating objects which they then use as a hunting platform to strike unsuspecting crustaceans, molluscs, salps, and smaller jellyfish,” said Kunz. 


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