Live Lightning Whelk

Lightning Whelk Shell

Lightning Whelk Underside with Operculum

Recently I found a live lightning whelk at low tide at Sebastian Inlet. These impressive shells can get up to 16 inches long, and live 10-20 years! Notice how the opening is on the left side.  Most shells open on the right, so Native Americans considered this one extra special.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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