In recent years, one of the most popular things on the Internet has been playgrounds and sites with images of snails. This is what Toto’s” Proto Hunter” (메이저놀이터) program is all about. When you have images of snails, that are also in the form of a video, then that is a major bonus for the viewer. And when a major manufacturer has images like that, it’s very popular to promote these products. This makes sense, because kids like to play with things that look cool and this is what Toto’s web site does.
In order to promote their product using this style of marketing, you need to have professional looking snail sites. And it’s not easy to get the kind of design you want. The professional way to play is to find technicians who can do all of the work. These technicians are like the new boy band that everyone wants to know. They show up at the right places, with the right attitudes and a plan to make these folks successful.
A problem that has emerged with many businesses, especially the online businesses, is that there seems to be an epidemic of “boiler room” type operations where businesses try to use live snails as a cheap marketing ploy. If you read Toto’s bio on the web site, it states that they seek to work with nature instead of man. However, some snail technicians seem to be going against nature by inserting digital cameras in snails and releasing eggs so that the technicians can market the product.
There are some good arguments against having live snails in web sites. First of all, it’s illegal to use living snails in commercial settings, even if the cameras are controlled remotely. Also, when the snails are handled by a technician in captivity, they are often in a very unpleasant environment. Many people have observed that technicians prefer to handle the animals in streams and creeks, which are definitely different than the pleasant surroundings in most of the world’s protected snail sites. Additionally, many of the snail species used to populate these sites are listed as endangered species, so the business is in danger of being shut down if the sale of their eggs ends up in the wrong hands.
Some snails do make it to the majors, but this has more to do with their ability to survive than their popularity. It’s not uncommon to see a snail making a call for a mate several times an hour. These fast-swimming creatures can go days without eating or releasing their eggs, so breeding them and selling their sperm would require a major investment of funds, which most companies can’t afford. This type of business is also discouraged by what’s known as the “greening” phenomenon, which makes breeding snail shells to create more of the same as opposed to conserving habitat.
As a result, you may find that you’re only seeing one or two types of snail species on these types of snail rearing websites. The rarity of any given snail may mean it’s a very special case, and that finding the eggs or larvae is going to require a deeper level of investigation. Fortunately, many of these sites will also sell you information on where the individual snail came from. This can help you track down the specimen if you come across a species that’s hard to find anywhere else. In many cases, a collector can find their specimen simply by driving around the state in search of snails.
For example, while driving through the sugar cane fields of eastern Oregon’s upper klamath lake, a young fisherman noticed a rather large snail in the weeds. He pulled into the area and asked for permission to take the snail home with him. The local landowner, who happened to be a marine biologist, was more than happy to allow the fisherman to do just that. With the help of a digital camera, he was able to photograph the snail and his home environment. Then, using computer imaging software, he was able to compare the image of this snail with images found in online databases of marine life.
From that point forward, he began putting together a gallery of pictures of the various species he found in the various fields surrounding his property. By comparing the images of his snails with photos found at critical imperiled sites online, he has been able to create a veritable photo gallery of the world’s most beautiful snails. And all of this has taken an incredible amount of time. If you’re a photographer, dedicated to helping nature, then you should strongly consider adding some of your photographs to the gallery of these critically imperiled species.