Dog Whelk

Scientific name
Dicathais orbita
Common name
Dog Whelk
Life on the Edge
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Group
Sea Snails
Where to find
In crevices on rook platforms and rocky reefs
Description
The Dog Whelk has a creamy white shell covered in rut-like grooves around the shell. It has a short pointed end. Shell up to 7.5 cm

The Dog Whelk is an active predator, which can sometimes be seen feeding on other snails, barnacles, mussels, sea squirts, or tube worms. It drills a hole in the shell of its prey and extracts the soft body.  They can live for 20 years.