National Geographic : 1937 Feb
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE @ National Geographic Society Painted by Else Bostelmann under direction Roy W. Miner QUEEN CONCH, LARGEST OF AMERICAN SHELLS, MAY END UP AS A DINNER HORN These giant sea snails, one resting on its side above, attain a length of a foot or more. The meat makes fine chowder, but fishermen cut it up for bait. If alarmed, the QUEEN CONCH jumps jerkily along the sea floor, rocking from side to side. Cameo cutters in Italy and France import large numbers of the CAMEO HELMET SHELL (lower left). Between two purplish tentacles protrudes the mouth tube, which sheathes a band or tongue set with tiny, filelike teeth that grind up fleshy food and drill holes in the shells of prey. A GREAT SEA STAR (right) crawls on the white sand. Clinging to the Gorgonian or "sea bush" (left) are a SWOLLEN EGG SHELL (lower) and three SPINDLE EGG SHELLS (above).