[Coral-List] Strange predatory snail question

Georgios Tsounis Georgios at icm.csic.es
Wed Aug 31 11:44:26 EDT 2011

Hi Sarah,

I think if it was in one of the BBC Landmark series, it would rather  
be the tropical episode in Planet Earth rather than in the Blue Planet  
series (where I don´t remember seeing it). But in any case, the first  
to film that behaviour was Howard Hall, in his series "Secrets of the  
Ocean realm" for PBS.


Dr. Georgios Tsounis
Institut de Ciències del Mar, CMIMA (CSIC)
Departamento Biología Marina y Oceanografía
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49
08003 Barcelona, Spain

Phone: 34  932 309 611
Fax: 34 93 2 309 555
E-mail: georgios at icm.csic.es

On Aug 30, 2011, at 11:38 PM, Sarah Frias-Torres wrote:

> This might sound a bit strange question for the Coral List forum  
> but....some time ago I saw in the Blue Planet Series (or was it  
> Planet Earth Series?), a short video of a marine predatory snail  
> chasing after another snail in a coral reef.The video was quite  
> striking showing how a fast moving (in snail speed limits) predatory  
> marine snail run after another much smaller unsuspecting snail, then  
> launches an attack basically engulfing the unlucky snail  (shell  
> included) with a "mouth" a tube-like proboscis No escape possible.  
> Does anyone know what I'm talking about or point me in the right  
> direction to locate the video clip? Is this behavior also possible  
> in predatory nudibranchs?
> Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Schmidt Ocean Institute Postdoctoral  
> FellowOcean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) 1420 Seaway  
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