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Sea Life & Aquarium Substrates

Sea life from the Northern Atlantic Ocean. 50 degree F salt water species. Gulf of Maine Inc. supplies sea life, beach plants, and aquarium substrates from Maine, collected by hand.

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Stimpson's Whelk (Colus stimpsoni)

Stimpson's Whelk (Colus stimpsoni)

from 25.00

Common name: Stimpson's whelk

Scientific name:  Colus stimpsoni

Locations: lower intertidal or deep water

Seasonality:  available year round

Colors:  nut brown color with white shelled areas

Size:  1" -  3"

Collected:  by hand, lobster traps, or whelk pots

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 Two snails.  You can observe broke threads of a mussel on the spire of the righthand snail.  A mussel was anchored to it at some point.

Two snails.  You can observe broke threads of a mussel on the spire of the righthand snail.  A mussel was anchored to it at some point.

Tidepool Tim says,  “Stimpson's whelk is an impressive snail - they are so unique in their shell design that they are striking to see.  We get lots of hermit crabs living in their shells.  Flat-clawed, Acadian, and hairy hermits seem to inhabit them.  Barnacles, hydroids, & slipper shells like to attach to their shells.  These scavengers are attracted to lobster bait in traps and consequently are caught there.  We get them in our whelk traps and also when we take bottom samples.  These gastropods make a nice addition to any salt water aquarium!”