Souvenir Horse Conch Seashell

A friend of my sons has been visiting from New Hampshire and wanted to go fishing. While the boys were out on the boat, they jumped into the water to cool off and the friend felt something hard under the sand. He said he felt a rock, but my son quickly corrected him saying there are no “rocks” in Florida. So The Friend began digging. What he pulled up was a huge horse conch shell.  What a vacation souvenir….!!!!!!

big horse conch seashell

This is the biggest shell I’ve seen. It was buried deep in the sand which tells me the mollusk died and then the shell was buried in sand as the tide moved. No hermit crab is large enough to live in a shell this size, and if the mollusk still inhabited it, it would be very apparent (See my page about the Florida Horse Conch). It was an empty horse conch shell.

big horse conch seashell
Skittle the Cat checks out this big seashell

I sprayed it off with the hose and left it outside to dry. I will chip away the barnacles and other stuff, but getting the black periostracum (dark coating which covers the shell) off is difficult. The shell underneath may be very pretty, or not. One thing I know is that this is an amazing gift from the sea, created by an amazing animal.

The Friend is not interested in taking it home with him, so I will attempt to clean it up and maybe put it in my garden.

huge horse conch seashell
The big horse conch one is 17 inches long.

One time when we were out on the boat exploring the islands I had found a horse conch empty on the sand and it now sits on my kitchen windowsill (the brownish one in the photo above).  That shell is small compared to this beast!

And one last photo with Skittle.  She insisted.

horse conch seashells
Two shells and one black cat



8 Comments Add yours

  1. BallesWorld says:

    Wow, very nice and big shell 🙂

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  2. Emma Cownie says:

    What a find that is massive shell (or is that a teeny cat? lol)

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    1. Pam says:

      Haha…. !


  3. but I don’t think I’d clean it – I’d leave it with its honorable scars

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    1. Pam says:

      That is a nice idea Maureen. Right now I have set it out in the garden by my front door. I may not clean it after all. Besides, that would be quite a job.

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  4. Pete Hillman says:

    Oh my word! That is one huge shell, Pam! What a brilliant find! I like the scale of it with the cat.

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    1. Pam says:

      Ya, it’s a biggie! Skittle is a ham…

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