Not common on all the beaches in Cape Breton, the moon snail is a delightful find, especially if it is still alive! While birding in Glace Bay, came across this beauty!
Photo compliments of Little Sister!
Northern moon snails are found in moist sands and mud at low tide, and are members of the class Gastropoda.
The word Gastropod comes from the Greek and means "stomach foot".
They feed on clams and other snails, and even other moon snails.
They plow under the sand in search of food
by using their powerful foot.
When they've found their tasty treat,
they drill a hole into it's shell,
release digestive enzymes,
and suck out the contents.
While beachcombing, if you find a shell washed ashore
with a nice, neat hole drilled through it,
it is evidence of predation by a moon snail.
When breeding, the moon snail will construct a "collar" from saliva and sand to house its eggs.
It's quite an intricate process,
and another amazing phenomenom of nature!
I always delight in finding moon snail shells washed ashore,
and have amassed quite a collection of all sizes.
I never seem to be able to resist,
therefore, I never have quite enough!
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