Meet leho the Hawaiian tiger cowry sea snail

Terry Lilley / Special to the garden island

The Hawaiian tiger cowry sea snail.

The Hawaiian tiger cowry is one of the largest cowries in the world, and one of Hawai‘i’s most famous shells. Most people have seen them for sale in shell shops, jewelry stores and variety stores, as this six-inch marine snail is extremely beautiful and has been over-collected for so many years in Hawai‘i that it is now rare to find one alive out on the reef.