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Cone snails!


Cone snails are one of my favourite groups of animals. They are marine molluscs found on or around tropical coral reefs and they get their name from their beautifully-patterned cone-shaped shells. But be warned, if you see a live Cone snail, DON'T touch it! Why? Because they're venomous. They kill by firing a tiny, hollow, venom-filled tooth into their prey (worms, fish or other snails). In some Cone snail species, the venom is strong enough to kill a human.

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Yes I have seen them while living in Texas and Florida. They are beautiful, fortunately I have only picked up empty shells.

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I have a collection of Cone snail shells. Many years ago, I saw a television documentary series called 'Deadly Australians'. A few years later, I went on a family holiday to Philip Island. Like all the other tourists, we visited a number of gift shops. In one particular shop, I found a big basket of sea shells. As I looked through it, I came across the distinctive black and white shell of the Marbled Cone. I also found the shells of three other Cone snails. One I recognised as the Cloth of Gold Cone, but I didn't recognise the other two. Fast forward to 2015 and I went on another family holiday, this time to Bali, where I found a street stall near my hotel selling....Cone snail shells! I bought two of the biggest shells they had & upon returning to Australia, I sent a photo of the unfamiliar shells to the Queensland Museum, asking if they could identify them and expressing my suspicions that one of them might be the highly-toxic Geography Cone. A few weeks later, I got a reply: the two shells I bought in Bali belong to the Vexillum Cone and the Leopard Cone, the smallest shell in my collection belongs to the Imperial Cone and the fourth one is indeed a Geography Cone.

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The new Cone snail shell I bought in New Caledonia has been identified as the Striated Cone, a large fish-eating species and potentially very dangerous to humans.

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Awesome!

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Apparently, the Striated Cone is a very common species. Because the shells are so beautifully-patterned, people will pick them up and this is when you'll get stung. More than 30 people are believed to have died from Cone snail stings. The most well-known case in Australia occurred in 1935 when a young man picked up a live Geography Cone on Queensland's Hayman Island. Stung on the hand, he felt no pain and the only evidence was a small puncture mark on his palm. He died five hours later.

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