They sure are pretty and the really big ones, about as long as your ruler, are rare and collectors are happy to pay big money for them, especially the "Glory of the Seas" the name it is famously known by. In the old days, cone shells were used as money and trade in other parts of the world, as well as to make some beautiful jewellery. And yes, you can eat cone snails. In the Philippines they are made into a delicious creamy soup after the venom duct is removed. Warning! Care needed! The snail is a poisonous little sneak. When it’s not spreading a ‘sleeping tablet’ concoction into the ocean around it to slow down its dinner, it has a bagful of harpoons at the ready. Deadly!
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