knobbed whelk shell

The New Jersey State Shell

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The state shell is the knobbed whelk, (Busycon carica gmelin), having been so designated by Chapter 89 of the Public Laws of 1995, signed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman April 13, 1995. Commonly known as the conch shell, the shell of the knobbed whelk is large, solid and pear-shaped, coiling from left to right, as seen from its apex. It is yellowish gray in color, with brownish purple axial streaks in juveniles. The shell is found on all beaches and bays of New Jersey.


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