Photographer's Note

The queen conch is a large marine snail and it hoops around when it moves by using its large muscular foot.
They can live up to 20 years, attain 12 inches and weigh half a pound. A conch grows its shell in clockwise direction as the shell expands in order to make way for animal's growing body. It takes about 4 years for the shell lip to form indicating animal's sexual maturity.

The conch is a primary source of protein for locals living on Bahamas islands. The demand for its sweet, delicate meat is so great that conch has been greatly exploited and immature snails have been collected.

It can be eaten raw, cooked, fried.... any shape or form - it tastes delicious!

Also, (according to well informed locals :)) this is apparently a great APHRODISIAC !

This is in Exumas Land & Sea Park

*** And here is what is left after the queen conche feast ***


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