Ravelry contributor Anke Klempner used her creative knitting skills to realize something that we’ve long suspected: teapots look a lot like snails.

Anke designed an adorable teapot cozy that accentuates the teapot’s resemblance to a snail’s shell and adds a pair of eye stalks to complete the transformation. They really do look like cute snails, but with the added bonus that these charming mollusks won’t eat your garden plants.

Click here for the Snail Tea Cozy pattern and instructions.

[via Neatorama]


One of my recent school projects that caused me quite a bit of grief. We were assigned a “collection” of a topic to make into a poster, and I got mollusks. My mollusk anatomy is a bit suspect, so please forgive the inaccuracies.

Click for a better look because tumblr resizing makes everything gross!


Ukrainian nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko shows us that snails are so much more than incredibly slow-moving mollusks who leave slimy trails and sometimes end up on people’s dinner plates. By looking at his photos we learn that snails appear to be curious, playful and even affectionate.

Shot in the woodland area near his home town in Berdichev, located in the Zhytomyr Oblast of northern Ukraine, Mishchenko’s beautiful photos are apparently unstaged. Instead he relies on an extraordinarily keen eye for spotting wildlife:

‘As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures,’ he said. 'As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.’

Visit Vyacheslav Mishchenkos’ website to check out many more of his remarkable nature photos. The only thing missing from them is narration by Sir David Attenborough.

[via 22 Words and Dailymail.co.uk]


Fuzzy Nautilus Rediscovered and Filmed

by Peter Ward

At most sites around the Earth, nautiluses can be found at depths between 300 and a thousand feet. They live singly (never in schools), they grow slowly (taking up to 15 years to reach full size and reproductive age), and they are never overly abundant as they slowly swim over the deep sea beds searching for carrion on the bottom.

In all but one place on Earth, only a single nautilus species can be found at any one site.

Northeast of the main island of Papua New Guinea however, along the coast of Manus Island, made famous by the American anthropologist Margaret Mead in the earlier part of the twentieth century, not only can you find the well-known chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)…

but south of Manus there is a second species as well.

It was first seen alive in 1984, and was found to be so astoundingly different in shell and soft part anatomy that it was, in 1997, give a wholly new genus name: Allonautilus scrobiculatus. And then, for the next 30 years, it wasn’t seen again…

(read more: National Geographic)

photographs by Peter Ward


Behold the super-slimy awesomeness that is the Black Sea Hare (Aplysia vaccaria), the world’s largest species of sea slug, weighing up to 30 lbs and measuring over 3 feet long. Black Sea Hares come to shore to lay their eggs and are apparently even slimier to the touch than they look.

Watch as Coyote Peterson of the Brave Wilderness Channel and tide pool expert Aron Sanchez encounter a spectacular specimen of this colossal gastropod mollusk in a tide pools off the coast of the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, CA:

[via Nerdist and Sploid]

When the scallop’s shell is gaped you can see two rows of tiny, bright blue eyes. These eyes aren’t the simple light sensitive eyes that most mollusks have, they can also sense motion. So a crab or fish trying to sneak up on one and grab some flesh before the shells close will be seen before it gets even close. And if the scallop loses an eye it simply regenerates a new one in its place.



Toriel will only give you 3 real uses/facts about snails out of the 72 uses for snails. The forth is a joke and she will not give any different ones after that, no matter how many times you reload. 
This means that she doesn’t want to tell us the 69 uses for snails…
clever Toby…. 

Anyway, let me go give more interesting facts about snails
69. Snails have both a penis and a female opening located behind their head, as almost all are hermaphrodites and possess both male organs and female organs, so they have to link with another snail and exchange sperm so they both can fertilize their eggs.
68. Snails can be carnivorous.
67. Some Snails have flattened shells inside their body with their mantle covering the shell.
66. Snails die in salt because it is soluble and causes all the water inside the snails cells to exit and become replaced with solute, this is called osmosis and diffusion.  This is why we can’t drink salt water or swim in salt water when we have bad burns destroying our skin. 
65. Snails grow new larger chambers of their shell as they get older, meaning the very inside of the spiral of the shell is from when they were smaller, and the chamber that is at the opening of the shell is the most recent.
64. Snails can have special “doors” to their shells called operculum, which are hard circular parts that can be retracted and sealed, allowing the snail to be protected and last longer without drying out. 
63. Snails have been eaten all over the world, not just in fancy French dishes. 
62. Some species of snails have “love darts” which are arrow shape spiny calcified barbs that they will attempt to stab the other snail they are mating with, the barbs will inject chemicals that inhibit the sperm of the snail that is stabbed with it, basically like poison that acts as spermicide. this means the snail that stabs its mating partner first will gain the advantage of not having to be the female of the mating relationship and will not have to produce and maintain the energy costing eggs. the stabbed partner will become the female and have to gestate the eggs. 
61. The study of snails is called conchology
60. due to the effects of buoyancy and high oxygen content in the deep ocean waters, the largest marine snails can grow up to  91 cm long and weigh up to 18 kg. The largest land snail can reach is 38 cm and 1 kg because of how heavy its shell is.

I could go on, but 59 more snail facts would take a long time to type out. 

Antarctic Octopuses Discovered With Sub-Zero Venom 

by Jess McNally

A research expedition to Antarctica to study the region’s octopus life has returned with descriptions of four new species, and the first known sub-zero venoms.

“Antarctic octopus venom works at temperatures that would stop other venoms in their tracks,” said biochemist Bryan Fry of the University of Melbourne, who led the expedition.

Antarctic octopuses eat a wide variety of animals, from clams to fish. They catch their prey with their tentacles and use their venom to kill them, much like snakes…

(read more: Wired Science)

photograph by Samuel Inglesias