Xenophora, the Sea Snail Fashionista

The Zymoglyphic Museum in Portland, Oregon, is full of fantastic exhibits from fictional worlds. There are mermaids, eyeball plants, and clams wearing eyeglasses. But there are also specimens of Xenophora, a genus of mollusks that are very real -and very weird. These sea snails decorate their own shells with other shells! Well, some species prefer rocks for accessories. It's a method of camouflage, but you can see why each shell can be seen as once housing an artist of sorts. See lots of Xenophora shells from the Zymoglyphic Museum at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Philippe Alès)

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