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I was watching this really amazing documentary the other night on Australia’s deadliest creatures, and there was a bit on the cone snail.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cone_snail
I have to admit, this is the first time in my life I have found a snail frightening...
I really love this creature though; it's so fascinating how it hunts.
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OMG that's crazy! Cool, but crazy.
Yeah I thought it was pretty zany :)
The toxins in the venom are so specific in its attack on the body, scientists are trying to use it to develop pain killers and other drugs.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/0614_050614_snaildrugs.html
How fascinating!