|Lewis's moon snail|
Moon snail and daughter near Second Point in August 2017
A type of sea snail found in the tidal pools off Savary. It is the largest of all sea snails.
1. It was named for Meriwether Lewis, who (with Sacajawea) made an overland voyage to the Pacific in the early 1800s. He brought back specimens of this quasi-edible shellfish (it's tough so you have to beat it with a hammer to tenderize it before you cook it).
2. They make a sand collar of hundreds of tiny eggs bound together by mucus and sand. You can find them at First and Second Points at low tide.
3. The big slimy appendage sticking out of the shell is a foot. The snail uses it to glide through water, burrow in sand, and to immobilize clams to feed on them.
|Categories: shellfish fauna|