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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Rice Creatures, oh my!

Here is another challenge for you. This yellow mass of what looks like a bunch of rice is hooked onto rocks. Can you guess what this is?
Good Luck,
Ron Hirschi


At February 28, 2006, Blogger Mrs. Newton said...

I can see other shells around this. Do these shells have any coonection to the "rice"?

At March 01, 2006, Anonymous Adam in second grade said...

Dear Ron, Are they eggs? Adam

At March 01, 2006, Anonymous Devon and Devin said...

Dear Ron,
We looked in Mrs. Taylor's shell book and found a picture of rock shells laying their eggs. The eggs look like rice kind of like the picture on the blog. Devon and Devin

At March 01, 2006, Anonymous ron hirschi said...

Very good observation! I can't tell a lie..........yes, they definitely have something very special to do with the rice.

From the Shore, Ron

At March 02, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. N's student said...

That stuff that looks like rice... we think it is some kind of eggs or egg case, but I do not know.

At March 02, 2006, Anonymous ron Hirschi said...

You all are all right. And, you are all correct too!

Yes, these are eggs (actually they are egg cases filled with tiny eggs) and if you look just beow the eggs, you see who is laying them by the thousands. These are snails we call Thais lamellosa, These snails are carnivores and they mostly eat barnacles. They have a drill-like mouth part that can put a hole right through the barnacle's shell!

From the Shore, Ron

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it have some relation to irish moss


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