carrier shell


There are corals and at least six different kinds of shells glued to the exoskeleton of this marine animal. ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš๐Ÿš

Itโ€™s a carrier shell (Xenophora pallidula), a marine snail that scoots around picking up empty shells, broken corals, rocks, and even trash like bottle caps, which it glues to the outside of its shell. Itโ€™s unsure the exact reason for this strange behavior – maybe the snail uses its collection for camouflage, or to increase its surface area quickly in order to create more stability in fast currents. Whatever the reason, itโ€™s amazing, and we talk about this species and more in our latest video all about marine snails!