An occasional blog about natural history, travel, books and writing ... and anything else that catches my attention.
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?)