January 2009
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Whelk, a marine (saltwater) snail. The common whelk, which grows up to about four inches (10 cm) in length, is found in the Atlantic on the coasts of Europe and North America. In parts of Europe it is a popular food. The common whelk has a thick, spiraled, ridged shell with a large opening. The shell is gray to yellowish-brown. With its filelike tongue the common whelk bores into the shells of oysters, mussels, and other shellfish and eats the soft parts. The whelk is preyed upon by cod and certain other fish.


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