Project Description

It’s always great to find a large Lewis’ moonsnail (Euspira lewisii) shell when on a dive.  This one was located just outside of an octopus den among the shell litter from previous meals.  The moonsnail shell has an almost perfectly round shape and I was surprised to see this one in such good condition.  This massive snail has a large round shell reaching 5.5 inches (14 cm) across!  When the snail is fully extended it has a thick fleshy foot that wraps up onto its shell.  This foot also serves as a plow to push through sand in the pursuit of clams and mussels.  The Lewis’ moonsnail has a range from southern Alaska to northern Mexico.