Whelk Seashells

Whelk Seashells
Family: Buccinidae. This large family of 800 species worldwide can be found live in shallow waters and in mud flats. Whelks are carnivores or scavengers. The Whelk is an active predator, and pries open a clam or oyster shell by surrounding it with its muscular foot. The larvae have complete miniature shells and can crawl when they emerge. A large number of the species are commercially fished for their meat in the North Atlantic. The young whelks develop in an egg capsule and emerge with small shells. These are termed crawl-away young. They do not have a swimming stage during which they join the plankton, as do many mollusks. Tropical whelks tend to be small and are often brightly colored or covered with rows of fine beads. Cold water whelks are usually large and drab, varying in both shape and sculpture.

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North Atlantic Whelk Sea Shells The overall appearance is spindle shaped with a convex whorl. This seashell is common from Massachusetts to N.E. Florida in sub-tidal waters to 10 meters. Measures approx. 4"-6".

Seashell Classification:
  • Latin Name: Busycon carica
  • Family: Melongenidae
  • Habitat: Found on muddy bottoms often near mangroves in the mesolittoral, infralittoral and sometimes the circalittoral zone
  • Province: Carolinian Province
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    Lightning Whelk (left handed) Sea Shells This sea shell is sinistral (left-handed) and is used by the animal to open bivalve sea shells. This seashell is common to S.E. United States. Usually buried in sand to 30 meters. Measures approx 8"-9".

    Seashell Classification:
  • Latin Name: Busycon contraium
  • Family: Melongenidae
  • Habitat: Found on muddy bottoms often near mangroves in the mesolittoral, infralittoral and sometimes the circalittoral zone
  • Province: Carolinian and Caribbean Province
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    Channeled Whelk Sea Shells Busycon canaliculatum. This sea shell features a large aperture which is generally yellowish in color. This seashell is common from Massachusetts to N. E. Florida. Measures approx 4"-5". $1.49 More information about this seashell item
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    Winding Stair Sea Shells Pugilina cochlidium. So named for the spiral crown. This seashell is found in shallow muddy waters of the Indian Ocean. Measures approx 2"-3". $0.89 More information about this seashell item
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