Uepi Island Resort on the edge of Morovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands is one of the few places where you can swim with one of the ocean's most unusual inhabitants: the chambered nautilus. This cephalopod is best known for its gorgeous circular shell that is favored by collectors, but the living animal is even more fascinating. Virtually identical to fossils that are 400 million years old, the chambered nautilus lives 800 to 1,000 feet below the surface, where it rests until nighttime when it begins its migration to shallower zones (600 feet) for scavenging. It takes a full evening for resort staff to safely trap a nautilus from the deep water in which it feeds. Plan on a crack-of-dawn snorkeling date on a shallow reef to see this critter pulse water through its siphon and appear to dance around the hard corals. The staff then accompanies the nautilus down to 120 feet, where it is released.
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24. Uepi, Solomon Islands