Teeny Tiny Itty Bitty Whelk

I recently posted this photo of a whelk egg case:

Sometimes if you’re lucky you can rip open the casings and find tiny unhatched whelk babies.  Usually when I try this I just find them to be filled with sand, but today I got lucky and snapped what may be my new favorite photo.

All together now: awwwwwwww!  Incidentally, it is possible to tell which type of whelk the egg case is from by the case’s shape, but I can never remember which is which.  Knobbed whelks are what’s most common here, so let’s go with that.

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