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Conch

Description:

This is probably a Juvenile, just around 3 cm in shell size, with interesting eyes at the end of stalk, peeking out from its shell.

Habitat:

Sandy bottom, they hide under sands during the day time and come out at night to hunt/feed.

Notes:

FunFacts : 1) Certain Conch shells have been used as shell money in several cultures. 2) Many different kinds of molluscs can produce pearls. Pearls from the queen conch, S. gigas, are rare and have been collectors' items since Victorian times. Conch pearls occur in a range of hues, including white, brown and orange, with many intermediate shades, but pink is the colour most associated with the conch pearl, such that these pearls are sometimes referred to simply as "pink pearls" 3) Some Conch shells can be used as wind instruments.

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9 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @Mark :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Another great spotting.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Visited Andamans and was eager to try the "scuba"diving but ran into Cyclone Hudhud instead! I will keep your information in mind should I decide to Go-to Goa/Andaman again. Many thanks.

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 5 years ago

@Sukanya - I think diving in India is around Goa and Andaman. But my friend usually organises dive trips for new students certification or fun/photo trips to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Maldives and many other places.

Thanks, @Hema :)

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

These are so emblamatic in Indian mythology. Love the live one!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Ah! Thanks...what super offers. Many, many thanks...may be...someday. Your friend scuba diving in India...whereabouts?

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @SukanyaDatta for the additional FunFacts :)

Lets go diving and I will be happy to show you some of the interesting marine creatures ;)

I also have a scuba diver friend from India who takes great underwater photos, can introduce him to you too!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

And for all that..I have NEVER seen a living conch shell before. Thank you for sharing.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

In India have conch shells that we blow through to make a loud sound during ritualized worship (Hindu)...in the epic Mahabharata all leading protagonists had their own conch shells...identified by name and the sound it made...they blew it just before the day's battle began...some more funfacts.

AlbertKang
Spotted by
AlbertKang

Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 11, 2016
Submitted on Jan 18, 2016

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