A relative of squid and octopuses, the chambered nautilus is an ancient ocean mollusk that's survived five major mass extinctions. Despite this remarkable resilience, it's now rapidly disappearing to line trinket shelves and decorate walls.
The colorful, fractal spiral shells of the nautilus have made these primeval creatures into red-hot commodities in the international shell trade.
Fortunately, in response to a Center petition, the National Marine Fisheries Service has said that Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for the nautilus. Our petition seeks to curb imports of nautilus shells and calls for the U.S. government to encourage the Philippines, Indonesia and other Indo-Pacific countries to enforce their environmental laws and stop the unsustainable harvest.
September 28, 2016 Action Alert ID# 428
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