A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
Discovered a group of these on a beach in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. Not sure what exact type they are but it looks like they either move with the tide or slowly work their way back to the shoreline. When the tide starts to rise, this snail emerges from the sand, spreads its large "foot" like a sail, and surfs up the beach in response to the smell of carrion. The large foot is also used to burrow into the sand when the tide recedes. Sticks its proboscis into the prey to suck up soft tissues.
Sandy beaches along the surf zone, low on the shore from middle tidal zone seawards where the sand is not too coarse
These dominant scavengers scent decaying animal matter from a considerable distance so that they converge from all directions to feed.
Spotted on Aug 14, 2013
Submitted on Oct 13, 2013
and 8 other people favorited this spotting