Squishy things on the beach

As a child, I used to love standing on the jellyfish washed up onto the beach and feeling them squelch through my toes.  You know the jellyfish- those clear, crescent shaped wobbly jelly shapes.

But then Port Phillip was invaded by blue blubber jellyfish one year and I was no longer so confident to stomp around on jelly things lest I be stung.

But – guess what?  Those clear, crescent-shaped wobbly jelly shapes aren’t jellyfish at all!  Instead, they are the egg sac from the conical sand snail, each containing hundreds of snail eggs. So squash away- if you want hundreds of snail eggs between your toes- it’s not going to sting you!

And wait- there’s more! You know those shells with the hole conveniently drilled into them for easy stringing for a necklace?

Well, the hole is brought to you by none other than the very same conical sand snail!  It injects a dissolving agent into an unsuspecting pipi through the hole, then sucks up the contents.  Mmmm-mmm.

 

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27 responses to “Squishy things on the beach

  1. I am disillusioned. Not jelly fish. I usually saw them coming and ducked or jumped out of the way when a sibling threw one at me.

  2. And I certainly didn’t like squelching them between my toes. Yuk. But then, I hate sand so squelchy things jsut added to the general unpleasantness of the beach as far as I’m concerned. Give me the mountains and snakes and lizards that run away when they see you….though must admit the flies can be irritating.

  3. well my son’s girlfriend told us they were shark poo, so I’m relieved!

  4. So if something bigger than you decides your just a jellyfish, or just a snail egg-sack on lifes beach it’s ok for them to enjoy destroying you underfoot.

  5. i agree i used to squash them on the rosebud beach and throw them at my friends and i only now 15 years later know what they are thank you

  6. I too thought they were shark poo, and have thought so for 24 yrs. thanks for putting my mind to rest. ill squash more now lol

  7. What is wrong with you people? Dont you think prehaps that you are destroying living creatures? You are getting off on standing on jelly like snail eggs??? Maybe it was ok when you were 5….Now its weird.

  8. Thanks for solving the mystery! I’ve often wondered what those clear, crescent-shaped objects were.

  9. Thats annoying. i thought there were poop and now i wont be able to chuck them at my brother. sigh

  10. I saw a blue and white shell shaped one O_o

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  13. Thanks so much for this! We were wondering what they are also 🙂

  14. can I take one home and raise conical snails???

    • Sorry, no idea. I don’t know how far these eggs sacs are from the actual spawning (or whatever they do) of the snails.

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  16. Grandkids at Lake Macquarie NSW today and first time I had heard the shark poo theory, especially with all the sitings lately, kids were having a great time catching them and I can now let them know exactly what they are. Thanks.

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  18. so I’ve been “saving” egg sacks – I thought I was throwing jellyfish back :/

  19. lots on beach today at Henley ,Adelaide , I now know what they are. Thanks

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