Posts tagged ‘Spiral Shell’

What is a periwinkle?


In zoology, periwinkles are sea snails.  They are usually found living along rocky Atlantic seacoasts.

In zoology, “periwinkle” is the name for several kinds of small sea snails.

The best known is the common European periwinkle.  This little, drab-colored snail is easy to recognize by its thick, spiral shell with its sharp peak.

Periwinkles are a common sight along the rocky shores or New England and are usually found in great numbers clinging to wave washed rocks between high and low tide marks.

The periwinkle grows to be only about an inch long, but its tongue is several inches long and is equipped with hundreds of tiny “teeth” for scraping off tiny green plants called algae.

Despite their small size these very tiny snails are popular delicacy in Europe.  At one time they were an important source of food.

Women and children once made their livelihood by collecting thousands of these little animals from the rocky coasts of the British Isles.  – Dick Rogers



What is a conch?


A conch is a kind of large sea snail with a heavy spiral shell.  The conch (pronounced KONK or KONCH)  is a large sea snail that is especially common along the coasts of Florida and the West Indies.

The spiral shell of an adult conch is sometimes a foot long and may weigh as much as five pounds.

When a person holds a conch shell to his ear he hears a roar like the roar of the sea.

The conch has a strange way of moving about, it has a big claw on his body which it hooks in the sandy bottom, raises its shell up high, and topples forward.  It can also move in a series of leaps to escape an enemy.

Conch shells have many uses.  The beautiful pearly pink timing of conch shells is used to make buttons and for carving cameos.

The shell of conchs known as Triton’s trumpets are sometimes made into horns and the conch’s meaty body is used to make delicious chowders and salads.

The name “conch” comes from a Greek word meaning “shell”. – Dick Rogers