Whelk

Buccinum undatum

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Shell length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

Yes

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Present in the borders of the North-east Atlantic, from the Barents Sea to the Celtic Sea and south in Brittany, including waters of Iceland and Greenland.

ECOLOGY

Species found on sandy, muddy or stony bottoms in the sublittoral zone, sporadically found down to depths of 100 m. Diet mainly consists of bivalves.

FISHERIES

Fished by bottom trawl, dredge and whelk pot fisheries.

DID YOU KNOW

Whelk is able to feed on bivalves by placing its lip between the valves, thus preventing valve closure, while it extracts the soft tissues.