Janthina Janthina, violet sea snail  by julianneovie

Janthina Janthina, violet sea snail

They all start life as a male released alive by the parent and later transforms into a female. The Violet Snail excretes mucous that hardens into a bubble raft which keeps the animal floating at the oceans surface. Feeds on surface cnidarians such as the Common Bluebottle, Physalia physalis, the By-the-wind Sailor, Velella velella, small jellyfish and crustaceans. Uses countershading camouflage strategy (shell darker above and lighter below) to avoid predators.
Beautiful! Fav
October 12th, 2019  
Wonderful!
October 13th, 2019  
what a gorgeous delicate thing
October 15th, 2019  
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