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The world's first sounds of a snail eating, made visible

This video represents the first time that the sounds of a Mesodon zaletus snail, eating carrot, have been imaged. The snail rasping sounds were recorded by Malacologist, Marla L. Coppolino, assisted by sound engineer, Lang Elliott, and contain a variety of sonic 'plop' events as pieces of carrot were torn off by the snail's radula its tongue-like protuberance. Surprisingly, some of the plop sounds contain structure, making it possible for the periodic geometry within the sounds to be captured on the CymaScope instrument.
 

 

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