Dive into the Science of SpongeBob: Get to Know Gary the Sea Snail!
Join Dr. Jann Vendetti, NHM's Associate Curator of Malacology, and Museum Educator Steven Mendoza to explore the fascinating world of snails! Uncover fact and fiction about the real life species behind SpongeBob's beloved pet sea snail, Gary, and discover the different ways these animals use their slime, teeth and shells for everyday survival.
Jann Vendetti, Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacological Research and Associate Curator, Malacology
Malacology is the study of mollusks, animals like clams and octopuses, as well as Dr. Vendetti's specialty: snails. From your backyard to the ocean floor, Dr. Vendetti's busy learning everything she can about these fascinating creatures.