Dog whelk

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Latin nameNucella lapillus
Size – Up to 4cm tall
Habitat – All over the rocky shore

Dog whelks are carnivorous (meat eating) sea snails. They drill holes in the shells of other creatures such as limpets and barnacles and turn the creature into soup before using their tongue to suck it all up. The colour of the shell varies depending on what the dog whelk eats.

Dog Whelk

Dog Whelk
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Dog whelks are amazing predators of the rocky shore. They drill into the shells of other sea snails and break down their soft tissue using enzymes. They then suck up the delicious contents for their meal! If you ever find a shell on the beach with a perfectly-shaped little hole on it, that is the work of a dog whelk! Photo by Douglas Mason (Flickr: dougmason).


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