whoa

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There are corals and at least six different kinds of shells glued to the exoskeleton of this marine animal. 🐚🐚🐚

It’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. It’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, it’s amazing, and we talk about this species and more in our latest video all about marine snails!

whaaaaat