Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare #3

A rare sight- A live Conus textile (Linnaeus, 1758) on the prowl, siphon extended.

Cone snails are one of the most venomous creatures on earth. Among the most toxic are the textile, geographic, and tulip snails and there is a higher risk of death if the geographic and textile snails are involved. All capture their prey by means of harpoon-like hollow teeth (radula) that are rapidly jabbed into their prey to inject the toxic venom. Attacks on humans usually occur when a cone snail is either stepped on in the ocean or picked up from the water or the beach.There are known human fatalities from this species.

Their geographical distribution is throughout the Indo-Pacific region, Australia, and the Indian Ocean from eastern Africa to Hawaii and French Polynesia.

The textile cone lives in the sand beneath coral and rocks in shallow waters. If you do come across one, admire quickly and walk away. Do not pick one up…..



Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare….

As a seashell collector, this beautiful shell was a rare beach find for me.

This Lambis truncata sebae (Kiener, 1843) was found washed up on a rock shelf at low tide just south of Dibba in the United Arab Emirates. Imagine my pleasure to spot this virtually intact sub-adult lying in a rock pool after a storm.

More on my Lambis finds at the link.


Unique Umbonium …

Shell collecting is my free-time-passion, every weekend some reason is made to feature a beach outing, be it all weekend or an hour or two. My reasons are that it’s healthy to be outside, walking miles along beaches is good for me, recording the collecting is environmentally helpful, especially with all of the off-shore construction in the region, added value now with involvement with environment groups, interest is slowly growing in the work achieved so far.  Continue reading

Shells, 2015 gallery… in progress.

Shelling- the first footsteps down the beach…

I’ve always picked up shells from beaches, pretty reminders of holidays, one or two here and there… a dish at home full of memories .. but it was my first summer in the Middle East that sparked a hobby that has now taken me to the most amazing places.  Continue reading