Media Hunt #2: Nautilus Shell

A nautilus shell is an example of something that demonstrates fractal-like behavior. When looking at the cross-section of one of these shells, it is easy to see the presence of a fractal. The inside of a nautilus shell is made up of numerous chambers which are created by the nautilus as it grows throughout its life time. The chambers spiral inwards towards a focal point with each chamber being much like the previous one except for the smaller size. While this real world fractal is finite in size, one can easily imagine the pattern continuing outwards with larger sized chambers. Another interesting thing to point out about the nautilus shell is that the spiral created by the shell itself is very similar to a Fibonacci spiral. While the shell does not create an exact Fibonacci spiral, the shape is very close and one can easily see the similarities between the two.

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