Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Mud snail

Mud snail

The whētiko (mud snail) is found on the mudflats of estuaries and harbours. This one is making tracks on the sand at Black Reef, at Cape Kidnappers. When the snail is cooked, the top of the spiral can be cut away and the flesh sucked from the shell.

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Mussels, oysters, toheroa and other species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006