|One Speedy Snail|
Posted by Merry on November 05, 2016 at 13:47:19:|
From our trip to Anilao, Philippines, three years ago.
I believe this is the articulate harp snail, Harpa articularis. At the time, I didn't think the images were good enough to post, but in retrospect, this snail's behavior is remarkable...for a snail.
I found this innocent-looking, 4-inch snail during a night dive by the pier north of Club Ocellaris. I casually took one shot, but before I could take a look in the monitor, the snail sprang, yes, sprang onto a clump of debris, stirring up a cloud of sand and silt. Whoa, I didn't expect this kind of swift, predatory action from a snail. All I could do was shoot off two more frames in succession, as a cloud of silt enveloped both of us.
This nocturnal snail feeds on crabs, so a well-concealed crab must have been the target.
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