Yeah, this is a post about a shark eye, but not the eye of a real shark. It’s all about a predatory sea snail. But it doesn’t eat people and it’s really cool so today’s Friday Fun post features these slimy little things I saw last night as the tide went out here in Brewster.
That’s one sticking its little head out as it starts searching for food.
Here’s another one sliding along the sand, in hot pursuit of dinner. They kind of glide with the movement of the water. It doesn’t look very fast, but they do move, as the trail shows.
Here’s a closeup, and you can see that the body kind of covers the shell when it is in motion. Weird.
But if it feels threatened (and I guess a human with a camera looming over you feels threatening if you’re a little mollusk), it pulls all the soft stuff up into its shell really, really fast!
I like low tide, I never know what I’m going to find.
(Curious minds can read more about the Shark Eye mollusk on wikipedia).
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.