SEA SNALLY Natalie Turner

My organism is a Sea Snally. It is a hybrid between a sea snail and sea urchin. Although Sea Snally is its common name, its genus name is Helix meaning snail. It can be found in the benthic, intertidal, euphotic and pelagic zones. In the benthic zone the abiotic factors would be sunlight. The Sea Snally can live both with or without sunlight making it able to live in the benthic zone. Being apart of the intertidal zone it can live in any water depth which is an abiotic factor. The waves and currents can make the Snally move making it apart of the palegic zone. Lastly, it is apart of the euphotic zone because it lives in the light. It needs light to live because it cannot produce its own light. The Sea Snally has a shell and spikes making it capable of living in these zones. It moves by crawling on the sea floor. Snallys eat algea and animal matter. It is about 1 to 3 centimeters in length. It is pink, yellow, and black because it lives in tropical temperatures. Due to this, it is a rare species. Being half sea urchin. it protects its self by its spikes. Sea Snallys are apart of a benthic organism. It is a bottom dweller that moves around by crawling. To breathe they do not use gills, they have a thin wall of mantal cavity to assimilate oxygen to their lungs. Just like many other sea creatures, Sea Snallys reproduce by releasing eggs and sperm cells into the water. This type of reproduction is known as external fertilization. Fertilized eggs undergo larval stage before it becomes adult Sea Snally. It reproduces this was due to being on the sea floor.

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