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Conch found eating whelk

June 13, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Alyson Holdsworth, of Winter Garden, was on Bowman's Beach on June 10 during low tide when she and her family discovered a Florida horse conch in about 4 feet of water that was in the process of eating a lightening whelk. She explained that she ran into it while shuffling her feet, an age-old technique of hers. Visiting Sanibel for over 10 years, Holdsworth's family has embraced her love of shelling, including her husband, twin sons and daughters Kennedy, 6, and Madison, 8. The children grew up shelling and visiting the island. Over the years, the family has found large olives and good-sized fighting conchs. However, Holdsworth knew this find was special when she lifted it up. She said they has never seen the coral color of Florida's Horse conch. The find will be among their amazing memories of their Sanibel vacations.

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