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Giant Sea Snail Hunting Crown-of-thorns Starfish

Published on 13 Sep 2021 / In Pets & Animals

The Giant Triton is one of the ocean’s largest sea snails. Tritons can measure nearly half a meter from tip to tail. This giant gastropod feeds upon sea cucumbers and sea stars. The crown of thorns starfish seems to be one of its favorite foods. When hunting, the triton uses scent trails to track its prey. But it’s not the only one with an acute sense of smell. The starfish senses the approaching threat and attempts to flee. The triton gives chase. With nowhere to hide, the starfish relies on its venomous spines as a last line of defense. Giant tritons have developed a tolerance to the starfish’s toxins. And their saliva contains a paralyzing agent, which brings the pursuit to an abrupt halt. Its hard-fought meal is now ready for consumption.

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