Common Whelk

Name: Common Whelk

Scientific name: Buccinum undatum

Category: Marine

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: Lives on sandy, gravelly and muddy coasts, below the low tide mark. This is the largest snail-like shell you are likely to find on our beaches, up to 10cm long. Lays its eggs in a spongey mass, which are often found washed up on beaches.

How to identify: Whelks are more pointed than periwinkles. The Common Whelk is much larger than the Dog Whelk, not as coarsely ribbed as the netted whelk and more rounded than the Oyster Drill.

Where: Found all round our shores.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 80
  • Agility: 10
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 30

Fantastic fact: Whelks are collected for food, and taste wonderful with vinegar and white pepper.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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