Washed Ashore: Waved Whelk

Photo of Waved Whelk

This pointed spiral shell once belonged to a Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum). The flesh of this sea creature, who is also called a Common Whelk, is edible and apparently popular in parts of Europe.  Identification is straight-forward: no other local whelks have ridges running both with and perpendicular to the spire.  The ridges on this wave-tossed specimen are worn, but still noticeable.

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