Snail Milking – mistakes can be deadly!

2 07 2004

Geographic cone snail

 

“Bertha extends her proboscis and, with an abrupt flick, stabs the fish and the condom. She discharges a few microlitres of the toxin into the tube. That’s enough to kill ten people.”

The marine cone snail is aggressive and has a “fang” that can pierce a wetsuit, leaving its victim dead in 30 minutes.  So, why would you want to milk it?  To learn about the 100 different toxins it injects into its victims of course

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