CRITTER: Meet makaloa the predator Drupe Shell

  • Terry Lilley / contributed

    The top of the shell looks just like the reef and has algae growing. The underside of the shell is just beautiful. The Mulberry Drupe is blue or purple.

  • Terry Lilley / contributed

    The Brilliant Drupe is pink and yellow.

When you snorkel or dive in Hawai‘i you will more than likely swim right over several species of drupe shells. These marine snails are from one to two inches long and in old Hawai‘i they were called rock shells.