All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Florida Horse Conch</strong> - live
<em>Triplofusus giganteus</em> / Gastropod
Sanibel Island, FL
Dec. 18, 2009

On our last day in Sanibel, it was very rainy and windy, so we were unable to do some of the outside activities we had planned...
Florida Horse Conch - live
Triplofusus giganteus / Gastropod
Sanibel Island, FL
Dec. 18, 2009

On our last day in Sanibel, it was very rainy and windy, so we were unable to do some of the outside activities we had planned. Plan B was a visit to the Tarpon Bay Education Center, an affiliate of the J. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. The center offered a touch tank program on the lower floor of the building. All participants are required to wash their hands prior to handling the animals (they don't do well with bug spray, sunscreen, etc.). I was too busy taking photos to do much handling of the animals, however.
This large (up to 19") Florida Horse Conch is one of the local gastropods, it eats other marine snails. It uses its large orange foot to slide across the sandy seafloor.

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