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How the Cone Snail Devours Prey

Last week I blogged about the unique properties of cone snail venom. Now take a took at that venom put to use:

I wish I could slow it down enough to see the moment where the snail impales the fish with the venom barb, but its too quick.


  1. #1 Dan
    August 24, 2007

    Well, I suppose that blows that whole “moving at a snail’s pace” thing out of the water. That’s pretty slick, though.

  2. #2 PhysioProf
    August 24, 2007

    If you are really interested in this stuff, you should see if your department might be interested in inviting Baldomero (“Toto”) Oilvera, the guru of cone snail venom, to give a seminar. He is a great speaker and a truly nice guy.

  3. #3 CRM-114
    August 24, 2007

    I’d love to see that in super-slow motion, with a digital clock running, so we could see for ourselves the harpoon speed and the venom speed.

  4. #4 Ron Shimek
    September 4, 2007

    Or, perhaps, invite the “The Great Kohnus” himself, Alan J. Kohn, prof emeritus of the U. Washington, upon whose research all of this is based. He is also a good speaker, and genuinely nice guy.

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