Scientific name: Ocenebra erinacea
This jagged-shelled sea snail is normally found near its favourite food - oysters!
StatisticsLength: up to 6cm and 2.5cm wide.
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutOyster drills are whelks, living below the low tide mark down to depths of 150m. Surprisingly enough, the oyster drills favourite food are oysters! They feed by boring through the oyster shells with their sharp proboscis.
Oyster drills are native but there's an invader on the Kent and Essex coasts... the American oyster drill has been recorded there. This non-native species also feeds on our native oyster beds.