Animals Video

By David Aspinall


This beautiful footage of a rare and ethereal sea snail has captured the Internet’s attention garnering 2.4million views.

The elusive Micromelo undatus – otherwise known as the miniature melo – captured on film by Michael Wijaya Ishak has left viewers mesmerised.

PIC BY MICHAEL WIJAYA ISHAK / CATERS NEWS

With an almost see-through pink shell on its back, the bubble snail glides gracefully across the seabed of the Flores Sea off the coast of Kawula Island, Indonesia.

As Michael’s headlamp shines on the snail, its ghostly skin becomes transparent showing the small snails its sliding over.

Michael, from Bali, Indonesia, said: “I was stunned when I spotted this sea snail.

“In my 25 years of diving around Indonesia, I have never spotted it before.

PIC BY MICHAEL WIJAYA ISHAK / CATERS NEWS

“It was so beautiful my eyes were instantly drawn towards its movement along the floor.

“Having grabbed my attention, I followed it for about 10 minutes wanting to spend as much time with it as possible.”

These bubble snails usually grow to around one centimetre in length but are unable to retract into their shells, so use camouflage and speed to evade predators.

PIC BY MICHAEL WIJAYA ISHAK / CATERS NEWS

Michael said: “The interest in the video has been great, but a lot of people have mentioned having one as a pet.

“The sea snail won’t survive for long out of its natural environment so if people spot one, they should leave it alone.”