Jun 19, 2011

Lightning welk

Spotting such a big welk was an unusual find:
It was half buried in the sand after a surf churning storm.

4 comments:

Caroline said...

I have a lovely little one on my kitchen windowsill from a Sanibel trip, what a nicely composed photo you took!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Sanibel has a reputation for the best shelling, in part because of a gyre just off shore that drops them out and concentrates them there.

Craig said...

Years ago on a family trip to Sanibel, my older son went paddling around near shore searching for shells while I helped my younger son try to swim. Suddenly I heard the older boy yelling, "DAD! DAD!" I rushed over to see he was holding a huge lightning whelk, a look of fear and confusion on his face. He said when he picked this gigantic shell, he thought he'd found a big prize for his collection except..."It squirted me in the face!" I showed him that the shell was still occupied and explained that this was one shell we'd take a picture of and then put back. He's nearly a teenager now but we still laugh about the day a lightning whelk squirted him.

Ciss B said...

Gorgeous welk! The picture is quite a statement in contrasts too.