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Australian Trumpet : Maximum Snail

The Australian Trumpet (Syrinx aruanus) is the biggest snail in the world, possibly the biggest snail in the history of life on Earth. It is the size and weight of a small child. It is also a highly specialized predator. But to get to that specialized predation, we’re taking a little journey through the interesting habits of bottlenose dolphins, a case of mistaken identity and a remarkable human culture that had some highly distinctive ritual practices …

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Read on for photos, video and links that expand on the world of Shark Bay’s dolphins, the Torres Strait Islanders and, of course, the biggest snail on Earth …