According to the scientists, the ocean snail first stuns its victims with an insulin shot and then begins consuming the paralyzed prey. The insulin produced by the snail is so much venomous that it is not only capable of killing the prey like fish, it can even kill humans in some instances.
According to the scientists, there are many ocean cone snail species that are poisonous, but Conus geographus or the geographic cone snail is the most venomous among all. The snail shoots a venomous insulin cloud at any fish target that it wants to kill for food. The insulin burst causes the blood sugar levels of the victim to increase considerably, causing the victim to go into a state of unconsciousness.
Once the plummeted blood sugar of the fish has induced a state of unconsciousness, the cone snail then moves forward to drag the stunned victim fish into its mouth where it stings the victim again with its toxins that causes a state of complete paralysis in the fish. This makes the consumption easier.
Cone snail specialist Christopher Meyer, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, said, “It looks like the fish is completely narced.”
Meyer was not involved in the current study.
The study’s findings were detailed in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.