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Is this a usual sight?

Post by Dominic » Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:56 pm

We are updating the directory at the moment, with informatin on the beaches. I was down by Souli Beach yesterday afternoon, and spotted these:
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How did all the shells get there? Were they carried in high tide ocean seaspray?
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Post by Lincoln » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:10 pm

Hmm most interesting. Perhaps from a winter storm?
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Post by JimX » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:21 pm

Yes gails and high winds, certainly will not be a high tide or half this street would be flooded..

We have power post covered in snails, this happens in the snail mating season..

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Post by bromerzz » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:24 pm

There are a fair number of Land based snails which look like they are actually periwinkles or similar. They are not from the sea and are genuine fresh water based. So probably remnants from the heavy rains and as is their habit they climb up. The small White shelled snails are very common across the island and you often see them up tall brush stems, trees, telegraph poles etc.

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Post by PhotoLady » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:46 pm

Yes, used to see them on the way to RAF Akrotiri on the telegraph poles by the roadside near the restaurants.

I had a dig through my photo account on Flickr - this was taken in 2015

From Wikipedia:
Theba pisana, common names the white garden snail, sand hill snail, white Italian snail, Mediterranean coastal snail, and simply just the Mediterranean snail, is an edible species of medium-sized, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helicidae, the typical snails.
This species is native to the Mediterranean region, however, it has become an invasive species in many other countries worldwide.
Theba pisana is a well-known agricultural pest in numerous parts of the world. The shell color varies from white to yellow-brown with light brown spiral markings
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