The Interesting Iridescent Pen Shell

Pen shells (family Pinnidae) are usually gray or brown in color with an iridescent sheen.  They are long and tapered in a triangular shape and most of the ones I’ve seen were on the east coast beaches in Florida. They can be huge!  My resource book says up to thirty-one inches in length!   But […]

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lightning whelk shell

The Whelks of Florida

The Whelk shells of Florida are widely collected and they can be some of the largest shells you’ll find on Florida beaches. (Don’t collect them if they are inhabited.) The Knobbed Whelk (Busycon carica), Channeled Whelk (Busycon canaliculatum), Pear Whelk (Busycon spiratum) and Lightning Whelk (Busycon contrarium) can all be quite large – the Pear […]

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A Huge Sanibel Whelk Found on Easter

I did not find this whelk shell (on the link provided), but I have started following a blog written by a lady (pam) who is lucky enough to actually live on Sanibel Island on the gulf coast of Florida and she is the one who found the foot long whelk shell. Her blog is so […]

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