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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

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Dog whelk eggs are laid as little capsules and can be found in clusters under rocks on the shore. Photo by Christophe Quintin.

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