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Leopard Cone; need to be careful with these when they are alive, they will "sting" you!

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from ferrebeekeeper

Unexpected Deadly Beauty

Many cone snails have beautiful colorful shells marked with vivid abstract patterns.  Some of the most valuable shells ever came from cone snails–which continue to fascinate conchologists and shell collectors.  Even today divers and beach combers are sometimes overwhelmed by the beauty of cone snails and reach out to grab the lovely creatures.  Hopefully this article has convinced you that doing so is a very bad idea.

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Conus marmoreus also the 'Marbled Cone'. This sea snail is venomous and its venom is highly potent, and one drop can kill more than 20 men. Has quite a repetitive pattern on shell

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Leptoconus ammiralis ammiralis Linnaeus, C., 1758 Admiral Cone Shell size 38 - 109 mm Indo-W Pacific

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from National Geographic

Dangerous and Deadly Sea Creature Photos

This Australian sea snail is one of our most toxic creatures. Venom from one snail can kill 10 adult humans.

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Ocean Facts: Beautiful but deadly cone snails

Cylindrus textile textile Linnaeus, C., 1758 Textile/Cloth-of-Gold Cone Shell size 40 - 150 mm Indo-Pacific

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