In the past 3 years we have removed over 170k Drupella snails from our reefs.
This high abundance indicates that the populations are growing and it is very common for us to scratch just the surface of our drupella numbers due tot he nature of the substrate.
The image to the left shows the eggs of Drupella being laid upon the shells of other snails due to the high density of snails found within the area.
With such a high number of Drupella being removed each year we spent a long time trying to find out what to do with the snails.
We tried giving them away, eating them, using them in construction and so much more.
Recently however,we have been working with a local lady who specialises in natural tie dye.
She grills and grinds the Drupella before using them for a number of different purposes such as a mordent for fixing the dye, a paste for painting creating negative areas on fabric and also batiks.