Real cool one B-n-P, poor things don't realize they're too slow to trip anyone by sticking their foot out. Ever see the clam shells with a round hole in them? That's the moonsnail doing it.
Maybe he has his foot stuck out looking for a foothold. That is a really curious looking creature. For a landlubber like me, it is a real education. Thanks for the map! It is fun to see where this animal lives. Are you going to show us the photos of this animal before you picked it up?
Hi Jean - well this one was of how I found him - this is the side that would be down as it moves along, and all the mantle, etc. that shows in the 'Blue Moon' photo comes out after the foot does. The brown thing here is basically the snail's front door (called an Operculum.) The shot that guy gave you the link to on one of his shots (trying to steal my viewers!) is what you'd see if this part were on the sand but the mantle wasn't outside yet.
If you punch 'moon snail' into Google 'Images', a lot of great images come up that give a better idea of how all these views relate.
My garden door didn't qualify since it was not attached to a structure used by humans!! so this would definitely not be a good entry . Cool moon snail though. I had a friend with an oyster lease and he hated these things; they ate his oysters before he could.
But this is a door attached to a structure used by humans.
And you really realize that this is a door when he slams the thing shut in disgust after listening to all the trash talk about him.
Actually, he slams it shut and turns out the lights when he sees the Door-to-door Spamsters coming up the walk!
The snails where you are seem to be a bit 'lily livered', Bits. The ones in Norway just get out there and live dangerously :)))
These seem to have big opercula, and a big foot/mantle too, and the boring into oysters can't be doing much for the libido of the locals :)))
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