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Lewis's moon snail

Neverita lewisii

Description:

Neverita lewisii is a large marine snail. The shell alone is about 5.5 in. and its large foot extends well beyond that. Its siphon is visible on its right. Here is a short video showing it burying itself in the sand. side.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwK_38a-Mcs https://youtu.be/jwK_38a-Mcs

Habitat:

Spotted on a beach at low tide near Dash Point Park.

Notes:

Neverita lewisii lives in the Eastern Pacific, from British Columbia to northern Baja California, Mexico.

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3 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

Cool video. Nightmarishly strong looking animal. :-D
Ever since I was a kid we found the eggs of our local version(s) of moon snail and often in huge numbers. I have often wondered what size of snail could create them but never looked them up. I suppose I should have guessed big as we also find mountains of small shells all hit by moon snail. The jelly eggs were great for beach wars.

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you for commenting Mark. This is the first live one I've found. Finding only shells before. For a snail they are a beast! I couldn't believe how fast and how much sand they move as they bury themselves.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

That's a big snail !

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Washington, USA

Lat: 47.32, Long: -122.42

Spotted on Aug 28, 2019
Submitted on Aug 28, 2019

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