|Mantle out (left) and partially out (right)|
One of my favorite mollusks to see when we’re snorkeling is the flamingo tongue (Cyphoma gibbosum). We generally see them on sea fans. The shell is pretty: white with peachy-brown streaks, and a transverse ridge midway. But their beauty really shines through when their mantle is out. The mantle is a thin, orange-spotted membrane that the snail can extend around the top of its shell. These pictures show all three stages: mantle pulled in, mantle starting to emerge, and full mantle. Just fantastic!