Monday, August 18, 2008

Snails & Shells

I don't know what these are called. I initially took the pictures because I thought these were beautiful shells. I forget there are things that actually live in them. It took a second trip to the aquarium before I got a shot with the snail emerged from the shell. Gross, but what a pretty color.


11 comments:

June said...

Your aquarium photos are spectacular! I'm impressed with their clarity. That I get a little lesson with each one is icing on the cake :-)

2sweetnsaxy said...

Thank you June! I've really enjoyed posting these as much as taking them and I've learned a little something myself! :-)

June said...

PS: Come back to Spatter and pick up your award :-)

me ann my camera said...

Wow! Its like a peach boot is coming out of the bottom of the last shell. Great shots!

Thanks for stopping by mine. Glad you enjoyed my Redstart.

2sweetnsaxy said...

June - Thank you! I appreciate it so much!

Me Ann My Camera - Now that you mention it, it does look like a boot. :-)

The Birdlady said...

Now! I finally have a little time to thank you for visiting my blog lately...I have been traveling, and computer time was very limited. I do appreciate your nice comments, and am glad to get a chance to see your blog...I'll be checking. The shells are very nice.

napaboaniya said...

Beautiful that they stick together and even more beautiful it's marine life! :)

kjpweb said...

Learned something new - never saw an inhabitant of those shells!
Cheers, Klaus

Coca Cutie said...

So cool shots!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Birdlady - You're so welcome. I just enjoy your blog.

Napaboaniya - I agree. :-)

Klaus - I've never seen it before either.

Coca Cutie - Thank you! :-)

BNS said...

Great shots here. FYI, that darker oval-shaped thing on the end of the snail in the second shot is its operculum. It's a wafer-thin piece of shell material that works like a trap door. When the snail retracts, the operculum fits snugly over the opening of the shell.

The snail builds both the main shell and the operculum with its own calcium-rich secretions.

Bobbie