Story: Estuaries

Mud snails

Mud snails live in large numbers on estuarine mudflats. When the tide goes out they eat twice their weight in mud each hour, digesting the detritus and bacteria and depositing the remains in a spaghetti-like trail.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - The estuary ecosystem', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006