2012 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize



Joan Costa

for Malaspina Expedition

07 March, 2011

A female of the Pterosoma planum species.

About the photographer

Joan Costa

Joan Costa was born in Ibiza, Spain in 1968 and started working as a professional photographer in 1988, when he became a staff member at Diario de Ibiza. After working at several...

Background story

A female of the Pterosoma planum species, photographed in the Pacific Ocean between Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, and Sydney, Australia. Pterosoma planum belongs to a group of predatory snails that live in the open sea. Individuals can grow up to three or four centimeters long. The species is carnivorous and hunts fish and other snails and slugs. It has a shell, but its body cannot be completely withdrawn. Pterosoma planum is planktonic—it floats passively, depending on currents for its movement—and pelagic, spending its entire lifecycle independent of either the bottom of the ocean or the coast.

Technical information

Focal length
65 mm

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