Sunday, January 4, 2009

South Cottesloe Beach - Elephant snail

Elephant snail (Scutus antipodes)

I saw two of them under a rock in a reef hole. In both of them, the flaps of their jet-black mantles almost fully concealed their whitish shells. The first one was about 5-7 cm in length while the second 3-4 cm. These algal grazers can grow up to 10-12 cm in length.

I looked around but didn't see others. They move quite easily, almost sliding, across the rock surface.


ria said...

Oh what beauties! We have these elegant slugs too! It's a real delight to encounter one as they are rather rare on our shores.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

And I really like watching them move, or rather glide, across the rock surface. It's so smooth.