Olive Snail

Shells of the Olive Snail

Locating a rare shell on the beach can be an unforgettable experience, and lettered olive (Oliva sayana) marine gastropod mollusks are commonly seen throughout coastal Georgia beaches. These marine gastropods feature smooth and shiny elongated shells in various muted yet attractive hues with patterns often visible underneath the shell surface.

Hermit crabs often find shelter within abandoned olive shells. When this occurs, it is wise to avoid collecting the shell.

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Finding fascinating shells along the beach is an extraordinary adventure for people of all ages. Each unique specimen embodies nature’s art form; none can surpass the signature lettered olive, the official South Carolina State Shell.

Their cylindrical shell measures 6 cm (2+1/4 in), is light gray or brown in hue and features pale tan to light gray or brown patterned markings. Their narrow opening features a small spire which then falls off into a deep suture to form a notch at the base.

Like other members of Olividae, this snail is carnivorous and burrows in the sand to find food at night, spending its daytime submerged under layers of sand before emerging to search for sustenance at dusk – most notably bivalves and crabs as well as detritus found along sandy beaches or as part of its diet – plus being an effective predator against bristleworms.

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At low tide across some sand flats in Netarts Bay, olive snails (Olivella biplicata) create meandering and crisscrossing trails as they forage for food in Netarts Bay’s sandy bottom. Their tracks leave behind gentle whorls of purple, gray and tan hues as they search for sustenance.

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An olive shell on the beach might appear like a polished cylinder with brownish-purple zig zag markings, but inside there could be an unsettling predatory snail living as far down as 20 feet in sandy environments from its intertidal zone.

South Carolina adopted the lettered olive (Oliva sayana) as its state shell in 1984 and it can be found across its coastline as well as worldwide.

Marine experts typically describe its shell as having a low, pointed spire with four to five body whorls, no operculum (the technical term for shell’s opening), grayish-tan coloring with chestnut brown sheen and fine markings.

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Proteins found in snails contain 20 different amino acids; only certain can be utilized by our bodies; thus the remaining ones are degraded and used as energy source. Lipid fraction of snails contains both polyunsaturated fats (linoleic acid (22:2 n-9) and saturated fatty acids, like palmitic and stearic acids 16:0) as well as saturated ones (18:0); primary saturated fatty acids in marine snails include palmitic (16:0) and stearic (18:0); main polyunsaturated fats include linoleic acid (22:2 n-9) and eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5)

Olive snails are predators, feeding on other snails, microfauna and small bivalves as well as carrion. Their shells usually exhibit various muted hues that often feature patterns. One species in particular – Oliva miniacea – is listed on Singapore’s Red List as Vulnerable species.

Olive Snail
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