Josiah and Ridgely founded Save the Nautilus to raise awareness of the plight of the nautilus, one of the Earth’s oldest creatures. The two friends have raised over $11,000 to support nautilus research and are working to get the animal listed as an endangered species. The boys, both animal lovers and long-time fans of the 500 million-year-old nautilus, launched their campaign two years ago after reading an article about overfishing of the animal, whose shell is often used to make jewelry. As Josiah began searching the Internet for groups working to protect the nautilus, he learned of Dr. Peter Ward, a research scientist at the University of Washington with a passion for saving the ancient animal.

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