Story: Coastal shoreline

Violet snail shells (2nd of 3)

Violet snail shells

Another arrival on storm-swept shores are the semi-translucent shells of the ocean-going violet snail Janthina. This carnivorous creature drifts upside down amongst the plankton, feeding on jellyfish and Portuguese men-of-war.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Sandy beaches – lower shore', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4840/violet-snail-shells (accessed 30 March 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006