Moon snail dinner plates
Spent some time this weekend exploring beaches in the Northern Vancouver Island region with a friend. It was an awesome opportunity to talk about marine biology/ecology/conservation in a COVID-19 safe fashion - like these clamshells left behind from moon snail meals. Moon snails may not sound all that frightening, but to clam, these are ferocious predators! Moon snails secrete a weak acid that helps dissolve the calcium bicarbonate clamshell, and a sandpaper-like tongue (called a radula) to slowly drill through the shell to reach their prey inside. Once through, they inject digestive juices and slurp up the clam. Yum!