In the United States, whelk refers to several large edible species in the genera Busycon and Busycotypus, which are now classified in the family Buccinidae. These are sometimes called Busycon whelks.
The lightning whelk, scientific name Busycon perversum is an edible species of very large predatory sea snail or whelk. This species is native to southeastern North America, south to Florida and the Gulf states.
For thousands of years Native Americans used these animals as food, and u ...(more)
Horseshoe crabs are marine arthropods that live primarily in and around shallow ocean waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. They occasionally come onto shore to mate. They are commonly used as bait and in fertilizer.
Horseshoe crabs resemble crustaceans, but belong to a separate subphylum, Chelicerata, and are closely related to arachnids. The earliest horseshoe crab fossils are found in strata from the late Ordovician period, roughly 450 Mya, and are believed to be close relatives ...(more)