There once was a conch from Belize,
who lead a short life of ease.
In a turtle grass bed,
all day he just fed,
and did whatever he pleased.
Richard S. Appeldoorn
Queen Conch Pictures
Conch viewed from below.
Large adult Conch viewed from above. This may be what you might see while diving.
A young conch often referred to as a "roller" since without the large adult "lip" on the shell these conch will roll in the surf.
Conch Veliger, the planktonic stage of the conch.
A conch shell which has been taken over with a LARGE hermit crab.
Conch Shell Horn
The crown, spiral tip, has been sliced off of the Conch shell to create a unique instrument which produces a very loud noise which will carry over great distances. I know of one used to call the children home for dinner!
The Key West Conch Shell Blowing Contest was created in 1962 as an integral part of Old Island Days, a culture and heritage celebration established by the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Musical ability is not a requirement in the annual "conch honk." Instead, sounds are judged on their quality, duration, loudness and novelty. Some sounds are novel indeed, resembling bleats or squawks. A few entrants, however, manage impressive displays of mollusk musicianship. Retired teacher Kathe Betz of Milwaukee captured first place in the 2002 contest by using double- and triple-tonguing techniques to tootle her way through a portion of the "William Tell Overture."
These Conch tools were left by a little-known Native American group who occupied the Rio Grande Delta at the extreme southern tip of Texas during the time period of A.D. 1100-1700.
These shell projectile tips were fashioned out of the columella, or central column, of the conch shell. In the Rio Grande Delta, shell was used to make many tools that were ordinarily made of stone in inland areas of Texas
These pendants were also made of conch shell columellas.
The pink or conch pearl is produced by the Queen Conch. Conch pearls are porcelain-like, have a silky glimmer and in most cases a wavy pattern. If the bright points are looked at through a magnifying glass, you will see closed structures which resemble little flames. The colors range from a whitish yellow to a pale or bright pink. Conch pearls are extremely rare.
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Pleuroploca gigantea - Not a Strombus Conch. The State shell of Florida. Found mostly in bays on grass flats they can also be found along the Gulf. Quite a large shell they can reach up to 24"
Hawk Wing Conch Shell
Strombus raninus. This thick shell features darker colors on the exterior and a reddish aperture. Common from S.E. Florida to Brazil in shallow water. Measures approx 2.5".
Florida Fighting Conch Shell
Strombus alatus. Despite its agressive name, the fighting conch is a vegetarian. Range from North Carolina around Florida to Texas. Found on sand and gravel in shallow waters. Measures approx 3".
Rooster Tail Conch Shell
Strombus gallus. Found offshore to 30 feet from Florida to Brazil. Measures approx 5".
The crown conch is not a "Strombus" conch, Melongena corona is a shallow water gastropod that lives in colonies on muddy sand in quiet bays and lagoons, usually in the shade of mangrove trees or along the edges of smooth cordgrass marshes. In areas with more wave action they grow smaller spines with some local colonies developing smooth shells.