It's Mollusc Monday! Embrace your sluggishness, it is Monday after all.
Once in a blue moon snail, do we get to see the moon snail (Euspira lewisii) out in it's very blue exhibit (blue lighting). Usually they are buried below the sand, but every so often you can see one out in the Sandy Bottom habitat. What is seen more often, and this is true for the beaches they live on as well, is evidence of moon snails. Swipe to see the snail tell-tale signs.
Picture 2 and 3 are the egg cases or sand collars of moon snails that look like a plunger head or gasket and even feel kind of rubbery. Be sure not to remove these from the beach, it is not garbage, rather contains thousands of eggs, future moon snails. We can see a lot of these appearing around May and June.
Picture 4 are signs of feeding moon snails, not someone's weird habit of drilling holes in clam shells and leaving them on the beach. Moon snails drill a hole through a clam's shell using its radula (toothed tongue) a feature many, but not all, molluscs have. A moon snail pretty much always drill in the same spot and just about perfectly.
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