strombus snail

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  1. RiaanP

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    I'm seeing you....
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    Leave me alone...
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    Ok, I'm up searching for food.
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    Just to give my size away.
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    These snails are awesome detritus eaters. Moving around, searching for food. This one is a local Durbanite. Well Rocky Bay just outside the tidal pool originally.

    These snail shells look very similar at first glans to that of Cone snails. But Cone snails are predators. But if you look closely at the second picture, you would see the wavy form or indentation at the front end of the shell lip (about a quarter of shell length from the front). That is were their one eye stick out. The other eye is at the front end.

    Just a note too you all. They do not like to be man handled.
    They are able to defend themselves against octopus. Their operculum got a very sharp pointy end and they can stab or spear their attackers with it. And they are fast.
    One of them nailed me, luckily on my thumb nail. So be careful picking them up.

    Also, beware of cone snails, some of them pack a mighty poison punch. They immobilize a small fish their size within a second or two. In generally, be careful when you see this shell shape.

    The operculum, meaning little lid, (plural: opercula or operculums) is a corneous or calcareous anatomical structure which exists in many (but not all) groups of sea snails and freshwater snails - Thanks Wikipedia.
     
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    Where did you get this snail? I'd like one too!
     
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    really cool looking Dude!
     
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    Nice looking snail Riaan! I look right at home there! ;)
     
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    Searched for it for 4 days. Eventually found one just as the tide started to come in again. Water was too cold to snorkel around.
    Rocky Bay
     
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    Hi Riaan,
    On the first pic, is the mouth fully extended?
     
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    Nope, it is like a tube, it can go further. Like sticking out its tongue. So it is able to clean in between cracks and rocks.
     
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