Remember that time that Blue Planet first wowed us with up close videos of marinelife? We hadn’t until the BBC uploaded a few clips from the venerable nature documentary series which will soon be followed up by Blue Planet 2.
This montage really captures the heat of the chase between the giant horse conch and its favorite prey, the tulip snail. We don’t tend to think of snails as being any kind of active predator but we guess that if you’re a bigger faster snail, it makes sense to eat smaller slower ones if you can catch them.
Just as interesting in this scene is how the scent of dying snail alerts the local hermit crab population that there’ll soon be new real estate available for them. We never could have imagined that hermit crabs did anything but stumble upon live snails or their empty shells.
These are just a coupe of the interesting happenings on the reef that you can read about but until you see it, it’s impossible to really picture the scene. Hopefully Blue Planet 2 will be equally dense with fascinating behaviors like this although by looking at the progress from Planet Earth to Planet Earth 2, the next installment of Blue Planet surely will not disappoint.