Monday, February 25, 2008

Southern bailer

Southern bailer (Melo miltonis)

It's called a bailer because its shell has long been used by Aboriginal Australians to hold or carry water.

I saw it one morning at the Monkey Mia beach. It is supposed to be nocturnal (active at night) and often stays buried under the sand in the daytime. So I had no idea what it was doing here.

Monkey Mia beach at dawn.

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