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Found in Cozumel

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I took a picture of this in Cozumel last month, but am having trouble identifying it.

 

Your input would be most welcome.

 

Thanks!

 

Ellen

 

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It's the egg case of the West Indian Chank (similar to a horse conch). Turbinella angulata

 

Jeff Slimmon caught one in the act of laying the egg case (used with permission):

 

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Edited by jlyle

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Thanks Jim for the ID on the image.

 

And a big thanks to Jeff for letting you use his image. I'm going to have to research this critter and learn more about it.

It was the very first time I had a chance to see it while diving.

 

Hope we get to dive together again soon!

 

Ellen

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