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Florida's Sea Snail is the
Latest Creepy Exotic Species

A new species of snail has been discovered off the Florida Keys.
(Photo Credit: Rüdiger Bieler)

April 14, 2017

A new snail discovered in the Florida Keys—with strange spider-like powers— has scientists concerned they may be seeing the beginning of the latest toxic species invasion. About three of these stationary snails were first discovered on a shipwreck by Rüdiger Bieler, a Field Museum marine biologist in Chicago, Illinois, about seven miles south of Key West in 2014.

When he returned 19 months later, those three snails had multiplied into a colony covering the ship's deck. The appearance of a snail, likely another Pacific export, also highlighted what has become an increasingly important porthole into the spread of underwater exotic species: large ships scuttled for use as artificial reefs.

SOURCE: The Miami Herald

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