The shell of the marbled cone snail is a popular sight in beachside souvenir shops, but the living snail is not so popular on the reef where it lives! http://aquaviews.net/explore-the-blue/deadly-beauty-marbled-cone-snail/
DEADLIEST MARBLE CONE SNAIL. - DID YOU KNOW: The Marbled Cone Snail is also known as the Cigarette Snail and just happens to be one of the most poisonous animals on the planet Believe it or not, one drop of venom from this snail is powerful enough to kill 20 people…yep, you read that right! Roughly 30 humans, to date, have succumbed to the poison of the Marbled Cone Snail. There is currently no anti-venom
Marbled Cone Snail
Cone Snail Pain Killers Could be 100 Times As Effective As Morphine
Marbled Cone Snail Belonging to a group of predatory sea snails, the marbled cone snail uses harpoon-like structures that contain a hollowed, barbed tooth. When the snail attacks its prey, it extends its harpoon and fires the tooth, injecting its venom, thus paralyzing its prey while retracting it into its mouth. Symptoms include intense pain, sweeping numbness, and vomiting. Severe cases can involve muscle paralysis, changes in vision and respiratory failure leading to death.
43. Cone snails: 'What could be more harmless than one of these pretty seashells? Just pick it up and admire the gorgeous colours right? Wrong! Inside is a predatory snail that fires poison harpoons. Mess with it at your peril.' Read more in 100 Bizarre Animals www.bradtguides.com