A popular Florida beach is now covered in a slimy legion of tiny gastropods.
At Fort De Soto Beach, just south of St. Petersburg, huge numbers of cerith snails have washed up on the once pristine shoreline.
A video of the never-ending swath of snails was posted last weekend by See Through Canoe
's Michael McCarthy. At this point it isn't clear exactly what these snails want, or what they're doing here, but they love this beach.
In an interview with FOX 13 News
, McCarthy said "I grew up in Florida and have spent most of my life on the water. I have never seen or heard of an invasion of these snails before."
Cerith Snails are small, 1/2 inch - 1 & 1/2 inch creatures known for their big appetite and ability to oxygenate aquarium soils. According to Live Aquaria
, their temperament is "peaceful".
Let's hope it stays that way.
Correction: A previous version of this story referred to snails as crustaceans, when they are in fact gastropods. We regret the error.