Set Sail with the Violet Sea Snail!

Set Sail with the Violet Sea Snail!
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Habitat: Warm ocean waters worldwide
Status: No Conservation Concerns

Get a load of this ingenuity – the Violet Sea Snail (Janthina janthina) has a paper thin and extremely fragile shell that would break easily if it were stuck under water. Realizing this, the violet sea snail thought it would be wise to instead spend its life floating on the surface of tropical oceans. To do so, it whips up a froth of bubbles with its foot and then covers them in a mucus to form a bubblicious raft.

All this floating works up an appetite, though, and when the snail gets hungry it goes after other floating organisms like the Portuguese Man o’ War and the By-the-wind Sailor. How about that, a carnivorous, rafting snail? Weird, right?

Well, they have another trick up their sleeves, too… they secrete a violet dye when disturbed. Scientists aren’t exactly sure what this dye does, per say, but they’re guessing predators aren’t too fond of the purple stuff. You can see the dye on this person’s hand, below:

   

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Set Sail with the Violet Sea Snail

Violet Sea Snail

Habitat: warm ocean waters are all this guy needs

Get a load of this ingenuity – the violet sea snail has a paper thin & extremely fragile shell that would break easily if it were stuck under water. Realizing this, the violet sea snail thought it would be wise to instead spend its life floating on the surface of tropical oceans. To do so, it whips up a froth of bubbles with its foot and then covers them in a mucus to form a bubblicious raft. Nice work, violet sea snail. Nice work.

About The Author

Carly Brooke

Carly Brooke is the animal-obsessed founder and author of the award-winning animal website, The Featured Creature.com, where little-known species become known.

  • That is absolutely adorable (for a snail, that is). On the first glance, I thought the transparent structure is its body. It would have been really cool if it was.

  • This is the coolest Blog EVER…i’ve spent all day reading your posts. Thanks for sharing the vastly animal beauty unknown for us.

  • Anonymous

    I know what you mean, Mike (even if the post was 4 months ago lol). I think I’ve gotten stuck here again for the last two hours, and its always a treat.

    That is a crafty snail. Mollusks can surprise us so often. Such a beautiful lavender shell. Floating about, I wonder what he eats to be such a pretty lavender?

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