Found in the trash: these floating snails hang out in the ocean’s garbage patch

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Credit: Denis Riek, The Global Ocean Surface Ecosystem Alliance (GO-SEA) Field Guide (CC-BY 4.0)

This amazing picture shows the violet sea snail Janthina sp., which builds rafts by trapping air bubbles and encasing them in mucus. Scientists discovered that oceanic gyres concentrate the floating snails in the North Pacific ‘garbage patch’, more famous for accumulating discarded plastic. By bringing them together, the currents could help these and other floating creatures to feed and reproduce.

Source: Ecology -

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