at the aquarium

Here’s Zev introducing Cuddly Toy Nautilus to the real live Chambered Nautilus’s at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Here’s the original sketch that I drew from a live, swimming chambered nautilus at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My family loved the swimming nautilus’s, but there were no nautilus toys anywhere in the aquarium.   nautilus

If you print the fabric that I designed at (, then sew the sides in reverse with ~1/2 inch margin, then stuff and seal it, you end-up with a cuddly chambered nautilus. Each pattern creates one (~9in. long) chambered nautilus toy, which is approximately the same size as a live one.

Here’s me sewing the reverse sides together:


One tip, (I got overly ambitious) Sew the tentacles a little farther away from the drawing, and in clusters. I had a hell of a time trying to reverse and stuff the tentacles sewn like this.


Over the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring a few sketches from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
These are African Blackfooted Penguins (Spheniscus demersus).


Hiking in Henry Cowell State Park, wading in the river, my family and I found a dozen signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus), within just a few meters of river bottom. Far from running away from us, they tried to surround us and pinch our toes. The notable light stripes on their claws made them visible through the murky, silt filled water. Here’s a photo I took of a signal crayfish that Arthur caught for me. Only he was brave enough, in the face of bare toes, to scoop one up to look at it more closely. None of my sketches of the wiggly snapping crayfish are as good as this photo of our little friend.