The Essential Rhythm 3/26/23: Lacuna Snails

Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

This episode describes a little known intertidal snail that feeds on kelp, the Lacuna snail (Lacuna vincta). The snail can also be found by searching out its doughnut shaped egg masses on kelp fronds. Its hard times dispersal strategy involves creating a mucous parachute which enables it to drift away on water currents.

About the host:
Sarah O’Malley is an ecologist, naturalist and science communicator passionate about deepening her listeners’ experiences with the natural world. She teaches biology and sustainability at Maine Maritime Academy and is currently collaborating on a guide book to the intertidal zone in the Gulf of Maine.