Thursday, 29 March 2007

Fabulous furry snail

Lots of snails have hairy shells. No, really. We even have a few in Australia. But none of them is quite as spectacular as Alvinoconcha hessleri, a marine snail from hydrothermal vents in the western Pacific and central Indian Ocean. Deep Sea News has the goods on this magnificent mollusc, which can grow bigger than a softball. (Is that the same size as a cricket ball?)

3 comments:

Sarda Sahney said...

Very cool pic, the hydrothermal vents are habitats to the most amazing animals!

kevin zelnio said...

Hi Mr. Snail,

Thank you for highlighting my post on DSN. Keep posted to the website as there may be more mollusc mayhem in future posts!

Best Regards, Kevin Zelnio

Snail said...

the hydrothermal vents are habitats to the most amazing animals!

And the more you find out about these things, the more amazing they are!

Kevin, I'll certainly keep an eye on Deep Sea News.