The conch builds its own shell out of calcium carbonate that it gets from the ocean.
The conch builds its own shell out of calcium carbonate that it gets from the
ocean. How does a conch know that it needs to build a shell, and how does it
know how to build its shell? This information was given to the conch kind at
creation. Information has to come from a source of intelligence, and that source
is the all-knowing Creator God.
- The queen conch, one of the largest marine snails, is best known for its
bright pink, orange, or yellow coloring on the inside of the flared lip of
- The queen conch reaches sexual maturity after three years, when their shells
are about 8 in (20 cm) long.
- The lip of the conch shell was used by some indigenous people groups to
make knives, ax heads, and chisels.
- Abandoned conch shells are often used by many marine creatures, including
the cardinal fish and octopuses, as protection from predators.
- The queen conch is also called the pink conch.
- This species has always played a central role in human societies in the
Caribbean. For one thing, it is an ideal food source, and it comes in its
own cooking pot—its shell!
CLASS: Gastropoda (gastropods, slugs, and snails)
FAMILY: Strombidae (true conchs)
GENUS/SPECIES: Strombus gigas
Size: 6–12 in (15–30.5 cm)
Weight: Average 4.4 lbs (2 kg)
Diet: Seagrasses, algae, organic debris
Habitat: Shallows of semi-tropical and tropical waters of the Caribbean