Chambered Nautilus, by Afnan Naser Chowdhury

They call this the living fossil. It is the only animal which has been remained unchanged for the last 400 years. I found it in New York Aquarium. The beautiful print on shell and its mysterious gesture caught my eyes and I took its photo. According to Marine Science Today, a publication of Ocean Lines LLC, “During prehistoric times, there were about 10,000 different species of nautilus, but only a small handful are known to survive today. Nautilus can nowadays only be found in the Indo-Pacific, where they inhabit the slopes of the coral reefs. They are the only cephalopods with an external smooth thin shell, matte white on the outside and mother of pearl inside, that is pressure resistant to a depth of about 2600 feet (800 m), although they live in a depth of only 1000 feet”

Chambered Nautilus, by Afnan Naser Chowdhury

Nikon D5000 | Exposure: 1/40s @ f/1.8 | ISO 640 | Focal Length 50mm
Chambered Nautilus, by Afnan Naser Chowdhury

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | January 11
Photo of the Day Award Category: Underwater Photography
Photograph Location: New York | The United States

Photographer: Afnan Naser Chowdhury (New York, USA) Registered
Afnan Naser Chowdhury was passionately perused teaching in Virginia, and now resides in NYC pursuing his MBA. While doing his Bachelor’s degree from North South University he got inspired into photography. He has a keen interest in nature and in painting from his childhood. Afnan loves getting geeky, especially about iPhone and iPad, and looks forward to meeting as many Light and Composition readers as possible from NYC.


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  1. Stephen
    Stephen says:

    I am surprised that the New York Aquarium would allow a photograph of its nautilus tank to be taken. The eyes of the nautilus are evolved to work in the low light of the depths at which they spend most of their lives and, as such, a nautilus could easily be blinded by a flash or even by the focus lights that many cameras use. Most aquariums that feature Nautilus (and other deep water species) tanks will usually post a do-not-photograph sign or sticker to discourage people from possibly hurting their animals.

    • Afnan
      Afnan says:

      @ Stephen … I did not use any kind of light to take this picture but thanks for the concern I’ll keep it in mind and will be more careful.


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