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The common purple (or violet) snail looks for food in the form of a colony of hydroids like the often lethal Portuguese Man-Of-War (which is NOT a jellyfish), the Blue Button, a chitinous disc w/the texture & buoyancy of Styrofoam & the Wind Sailor, who has a floating "canvas" to catch & course with the wind. A few snails can consume a 4-inch Man-of-War in less than one day. In a pinch they feed on each other. They are blind, and apparently locate their prey by smell.

The common purple (or violet) snail looks for food in the form of a colony of hydroids like the often lethal Portuguese Man-Of-War (which is NOT a jellyfish), the Blue Button, a chitinous disc w/the texture & buoyancy of Styrofoam & the Wind Sailor, who has a floating "canvas" to catch & course with the wind. A few snails can consume a 4-inch Man-of-War in less than one day. In a pinch they feed on each other. They are blind, and apparently locate their prey by smell.

The purple snail. The spiraling mathematical properties of its shell provides an amazing  example of the Golden Rectangle based on the Fibonacci Sequence.

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Keepers 80s toys I had the purple snail :)  I HAD THIS ONE!!!! It's still at my parent's house somewhere...

Keepers 80s toys I had the purple snail :) I HAD THIS ONE!!!! It's still at my parent's house somewhere...

The Violet Snail is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and eastern Tasmania!

The Violet Snail is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and eastern Tasmania!

"Violet shells" #ReitmansJeans

"Violet shells" #ReitmansJeans

Purple Sea Snails - Janthina janthina Janthina janthina (Caenogastropoda - Janthinidae) is a species of sea snail, stunning by its beautiful purple shell. These snails are holopelagic, which means they spend their entire life drifting on the ocean surface in warm seas, floating on a bubbles raft of its own making, bound by mucus secreted from the foot. The shells of this snails can occasionally be found on the strandline, particularly after prolonged winds or storms.

Purple Sea Snails - Janthina janthina Janthina janthina (Caenogastropoda - Janthinidae) is a species of sea snail, stunning by its beautiful purple shell. These snails are holopelagic, which means they spend their entire life drifting on the ocean surface in warm seas, floating on a bubbles raft of its own making, bound by mucus secreted from the foot. The shells of this snails can occasionally be found on the strandline, particularly after prolonged winds or storms.

mistymorningme: “ Snails and Hydrangea Rain © U-92SAN’s fotolife ”

mistymorningme: “ Snails and Hydrangea Rain © U-92SAN’s fotolife ”

keypers.  I had the purple snail... loved it so much.  wish I would have kept it!

keypers. I had the purple snail... loved it so much. wish I would have kept it!

My favorite color ;)

My favorite color ;)

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