Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Conus geographus   Linnaeus, 1758    At night, Yomitan Reef, Okinawa, Japan (86 mm.)

Conus geographus Linnaeus, 1758 At night, Yomitan Reef, Okinawa, Japan (86 mm.)

The Geographic Cone Snail (Conus geographus) shows its siphon and proboscis. This snail is also humorously called “the cigarette snail” since if one stings you, you allegedly have time for one cigarette before dying.

Unexpected Deadly Beauty

The Geographic Cone Snail (Conus geographus) shows its siphon and proboscis. This snail is also humorously called “the cigarette snail” since if one stings you, you allegedly have time for one cigarette before dying.

Conus geographus Linnaeus, 1758  Geography cone, 129mm  Conus geographus is the largest of the fish-eating cone shells and is also the most dangerous. Its venom has adapted to become powerful enough to quickly stun or kill a prey fish. It wouldn't do the cone much good if the fish were stung and escaped, only to die somewhere else. In addition to having highly virulent venom, it also has an aggressive attitude.

Conus geographus Linnaeus, 1758 Geography cone, 129mm Conus geographus is the largest of the fish-eating cone shells and is also the most dangerous. Its venom has adapted to become powerful enough to quickly stun or kill a prey fish. It wouldn't do the cone much good if the fish were stung and escaped, only to die somewhere else. In addition to having highly virulent venom, it also has an aggressive attitude.

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