Scene in Edmonds: Olympic Beach moon snail

From photographer Cordell Hauglie: “Moon snails are amazing creatures! The foot and mantle have hollow sinuses into which water is pumped to expand them forming a foot-like structure which they use to push forward while moving through the sandy surface. Found on Olympic Beach and remember — it’s a marine sanctuary — take only pictures and memories and leave only footprints. This one is being carefully handled by a trained WSU Beach Watcher Naturalist.”
  1. That is a very interesting and cool moon snail found on Olympic beach. I wonder if they are good to eat???

    Although your article mentions that this is being handled carefully by a trained beach naturalist, I feel compelled to mention that not all snails are this friendly.

    Although they are mostly found in deeper waters, the marine cone snail has one of the most toxic poisons on the planet. These are the snails with the cool looking cone-shaped shells so often found in gift stores out by the ocean.

    Add to that, these cone snails have a little harpoon built into them that extends out at high speed to inject their poison to kill their prey.

    I only mention this because marine life, its habits and where it is found, has been changing with global warming. If something were to compel cone snails to follow this moon snail’s lead, I would hate to here that a kid picked a cone snail up because it was pretty and got hurt.

    -Ken

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