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.
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.
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.