COMMON WHELK

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Buccinum undulatum

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Overview: This species has a solid shell which is very pale in colour, but in life the shell is covered in a yellowish-brown skin like matter. The shells have 8 spirals and these are finely ridged. Common on sandy and muddy gravel shores, living on the lower shore, although the empty shells can be found anywhere along the coast.

Where to See: More often you will just come across the empty shells of the Whelk, these can be found along the length of the shoreline.
Size: Length up to 10cm
         Width  up to   6cm