Killer Cone Shells!

These guys get their own dedicated page, due to their DEADLINESS! (True story)

All cone snail species are equipped with a battery of toxic harpoons that can fire in any direction, even backwards. Some of these toxins can be fatal to humans. (Wikipedia)

After cyclone Debbie, lots of shells washed up on surrounding beaches, and lots of them were cone shells. Ordinarily I wouldn’t pick cone shells up due to their deadly toxic harpoons (!), but the cyclone washed lots of the shells up above the high water line, so they were clearly dead (making it safe to touch). As a result, I now have a healthy collection of killer cone shells:


The ones pictured are:

Conus geographus

Conus textile. “The conotoxin of this species is extremely dangerous to humans.” (wiki)


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